Jared Fogle 'New York Post' Cover With Prison-Rape Joke Incites Media Backlash

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"Enjoy a Foot Long in Jail," the headline reads.

The morning after Jared Fogle's agreement to plead guilty to child-pornography charges on Wednesday, the New York Post featured the news on its front page, complete with the cover headline, "Enjoy a Foot Long in Jail."

The former Subway spokesman will serve between five and 12 years in federal prison, followed by a period of supervised release, for victimizing 14 children since 2007. The sentence is part of a plea deal he struck with prosecutors in the case. Fogle was charged with traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and the distribution and receipt of child pornography.

Under the deal, Fogle will pay $1.4 million in restitution to the victims $100,000 per person for treatment, counseling and education. He also will be required to register as a sex offender and undergo treatment for sexual disorders.

Because the Post's all-caps cover uses Fogle's previous endorsement of Subway sandwiches to allude to a sexual assault that Fogle might experience during his prison term, the paper received a slew of backlash online.

"Rape isn't funny. It's a serious problem in our penal system and not something for a supposedly serious news organization to be making light of," wrote Perez Hilton on his site. "It certainly isn't something you should be wishing on someone, no matter who they are! We understand and absolutely agree that what Jared did is despicable and unforgivable. Even if you don't mind the Post saying something so offensive, since it is directed at a child sex offender, come on!"

Mediaite echoed, "The Post seemingly runs afoul of President [Barack] Obama’s declaration that prison sex jokes are now off-limits." Gothamist commented that the Post "seems to be of the opinion that the only way to fight a rapist is with more rape."

Funny or Die condemned the cover line by suggesting some alternate options, including "Let’s Not Make a Rape Joke Here (or Ever)," "Children Were Hurt: No Jokes Necessary" and "Is This Really a Newspaper?"

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