Just got a call from my editor telling me I could not use the word “banana” in a comic strip.
Well, to be fair, this is the context in which I used the word (Click on it to enlarge):
I argued that there were a lot worse terms I could have used for a Speedo, such as “grape smuggler.”
That didn’t persuade him.
I told him he was the first editor to ever censor the word “banana.” That didn’t persuade him either. He said he would censor that word each and every time it referred to a penis.
We went back and forth arguing about penises, the argument getting a bit loud.
I was just pleased that somewhere in the New York office of my syndicate, all the people around my editor’s cubicle kept hearing him yell the word “penis.”
I told him that I had now lost 6 of these arguments in a row with him. He told me that the next time we have one of these debates, he’ll let me do what I want to do. I said, “Great. Next week I’m going to put the word m#therf#cker in a comic.” He said that would be a no-go.
The long and short of it is that when this strip appears in a few weeks, you will not see the word “banana.” Instead, you will see the phrase “man thong.”
So yes, we have no bananas.