We always assumed this was a not-at-all-subtle jab at the editors of the newspaper, who were having fits week to week complaining about different strips. It turned out to be quite offensive to the administrators at Murray State, as well. Apparently, it was too subtle for them and they read it as a personal attack on them. Considering this strip was published long before any controversy brewed up, we’re not exactly sure why they thought it was about them. This strip marked the premiere of Alpha and Beta.
One of the issues raised about this strip was that the term “Bestiality-Americans” was not grammatically correct. Copy editors for the paper wanted us to change it to “Beast-Loving-Americans,” instead. We found that at least five times dirtier but were afraid it would simply confuse most readers.