We debated this strip for a long time. We thought it had a good point to make, but we were deathly afraid people would read it the wrong way. It wasn’t that long after September 11th and we sure didn’t want to be pushing Muslim bashing in the campus newspaper. Luckily the editors of the paper got the message, and apparently most others did as well, because we’ve never heard a complaint about it.
We made the Real World reference not sure how many would get it. If you are one who didn’t, after one season of the Real World a Mormon girl got kicked out of Brigham Young University because she had appeared on that show living with men out of marriage.