Might as well open up a big, ol' can of worms, here. As far as I know, this cartoon offended no one else, but one lady wrote her local newspaper--I honestly forget where--and complained that I had used a racial slur in my comic strip. "Tar baby" is, of course, a metaphor for a sticky situation, coming from slave tales retold by Atlanta newspaperman Joel Chandler Harris as the "Uncle Remus" stories.  (more)