The Huffington, the internet’s oldest and most respected news outlet, has made a habit of publishing images of animals and insects that are often the most memorable images in its pages.
But last month, the Huffington Post’s website came under fire for a controversial cartoon frog.
Huffington Post cartoon frog on its homepage.
(Photo: Getty Images)The site’s logo features a cartoon amphibious frog with a black, black and white face and a black heart.
It was created in 2011 and depicts a black-faced frog with white eyes and a white tail, which is used to represent the frogs most common animal, the black-footed frog.
The frog was also the first to appear on the site’s homepage in 2012, when the news outlet’s founder and co-founder Ben Smith posted an image of the frog with the caption “We’ve always known that the frog would be a funny one to look at, but the way we found to depict it in this particular picture was a little strange.”
The frog has since appeared on several other sites including The HuffingtonPost.
The caption on that image read “We’re a little sad to have to put down a frog that has been a part of our family for so long.”
The image has since been taken down, but not before receiving over 10,000 comments.
Hewlett Post’s decision to use a cartoon in a news article drew the ire of animal activists, including a petition to HuffPost and an online petition for the company to take it down.
“Huffpost should not use a frog in a headline in the future.
A frog would just be a gag and a bit silly,” the petition said.
Hearing the news of the cartoon frog was a “shock to the system,” said Lauren Green, a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States.
“This is a story that’s being ignored by the mainstream media, and so we’re hoping this story gets picked up by other outlets and is highlighted,” she said.
The petition also included a link to an online forum in which readers had offered their own suggestions for the image.
“We’ve seen a lot of memes in this business, and we have no interest in seeing one made of a frog,” one poster said.
A Huffington Post representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Press.
The controversy around the frog is not the only issue at HuffPost.
Last week, the news website faced a firestorm after it published an article about a man who was allegedly attacked by a group of young men in the US city of New Orleans after leaving a party.
The article in question detailed a series of violent and brutal assaults that have been going on at the venue of a recent wedding.
The attack on the groom, Brandon Lee, who was attacked by about six men, left him with severe injuries and a broken nose.
Lee, whose attorney says he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, was released from a hospital on Wednesday after spending four days in the intensive care unit at Louisiana State University Hospital.
The assault sparked an outpouring of criticism on social media, as well as condemnation from the American Medical Association.
The hospital declined to comment on the details of Lee’s case and the assault, but confirmed to the Huffington post that it was investigating the incident.
“The New Orleans Police Department is aware of a report that Brandon Lee was assaulted in New Orleans on Saturday, June 14, 2017,” the hospital said in a statement.
“As part of the investigation, we will cooperate fully with the Department of Justice.”
A petition to remove the cartoon image has been signed by over 2,400 people.
HuffPost did not respond to requests for comment about the petition.