I remember becoming aware of cartoonist Keith Bell’s work many years
ago and speculating that he must enjoy the attention whether it be negative notoriety or not. His proficiency in producing pointed and thought-provoking cartoons cannot be contested. I had assumed all these years that Keith must be a relatively young man perhaps in his mid-30s.
I learned in a KOB newscast that Bell is an older gentleman in his late 50s. It is a fact that Keith Bell enjoys putting his name on cartoons that piss off a lot of people. Robert Maples, of Roswell, NM, was depicted in a cartoon that involved a urinal as less than a civil human being which had to hurt the former NMMI Protestant Chaplain. Bell’s offensive cartoon was published around the time that the RDR reported multiple vandalisms of Maples’ home. The urinal cartoon stepped beyond the bounds of good taste and was probably construed as offensive by Maples although Maples had a rather caustic demeanor himself at times.
One of his more recent efforts caught the attention of a former native American governor candidate who publicly opined that Keith Bell would prefer all Mexicans and Blacks to get the hell out of Roswell. Bell vehemently denied that his cartoon, published in the RDR, intimated such a mass exodus. However, the cartoon had street signs that pointed in opposite directions with a black and Mexican civil rights leaders names. BTW, the population of Roswell would drop from 50,000 to 20,000 if all the Mexicans departed Keith.
I don’t think Bell really meant for all the Mexicans and Negroes to leave Roswell, but native American Debra Haaland s of Albuquerque sure seemed to think so in her letter to the editor.
Bell went after former Mayor Del Jurney in one of his cartoons a few years back and has also attacked educational infrastructure supporting Bonds. Ask any ENMU professor or RISD teacher if they like Keith.These days, once somebody puts their name on something, it will be permanently etched in social media and the blogosphere. Perhaps this will make satirical cartoonist Keith Bell a little more circumspect before he “runs his mouth/artist’s pen” in his next effort.
RDR editor Timothy Howsare may have to step to the plate and tighten the leash on Bell. Howsare is torn between two loves on this one as Bell certainly drives up the circulation numbers for the newspaper, but at the price of insulting many public figures and multiple ethnic groups. To his credit, Keith is not afraid to go after corruption and fraud as illustrated by his cartoon that exposed four ENMU EMS instructors for alleged double dipping.
Still waiting on the output/opinion of KOB newscaster/loudmouth Stuart Dyson. Bell and Dyson would make good drinking buddies don’t you think?