This Cartoonist’s Right To Free Speech Is Under Threat As He Loses His Job For A Cartoon About Trump’s Failed Immigration Policies
Political cartoons often land the artist in hot water – either with the public or their political target. But few could have seen this coming.
A Canadian cartoonist lost a long-term work contract with a news organization for a cartoon that they didn’t even publish.
The Canadian artist created this cartoon and allegedly lost his job because of it.
A Canadian cartoonist’s illustration of President Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral last week. Two days later, Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been fired by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada.
De Adder’s illustration depicted Trump asking the two dead migrants, “Do you mind if I play through?”
The cartoon refers to the image of Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lying face down in water surrounded by reeds. The two drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande River to get into the United States.
Both the cartoonist’s original piece and the tweet announcing that he had been fired have both gone viral.
The tweet that broke the news of his firing, has nearly 100,000 retweets, almost 200,000 likes, and close to 10,000 comments.
However, De Adder has taken to social media to clarify a few things after all the tweets started going viral.
“The highs and lows of cartooning. Today I was just let go from all newspapers in New Brunswick,” De Adder tweeted. He later clarified that he had technically been under contract to work for Brunswick News Inc., and wasn’t an employee who could be fired.
In a tweet on Monday, de Adder said he never submitted the cartoon to Brunswick News “for fear that I might be fired.”
He told CNN Business in an interview on Monday that the cartoon ran in the Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax on June 29, “after it went viral but before it went supernova.”
He described himself as feeling overwhelmed by the situation. “The way I was let go was swift and fell on the heels of the last refugee cartoon,” de Adder said. “I had every reason to suspect it was over that cartoon. … I was given no reason. I inquired and inquired,” he told CNN Business.
He added: “It was clearly my work. And Trump was always their No. 1 concern with me. Always.” He said he stopped sending Trump cartoons, adding “It got heated every time there was a Trump in the lineup.”
Reactions on Twitter came in fast and furious since de Adder tweeted his cartoon and news of him losing his job first broke.
Like this Twitter user who pointed out the stupidity of the whole situation – that a cartoon upset the President of the United States and resulted in the firing of a journalist. That’s not how things are supposed to happen.
So, as she suggests, make sure you retweet the image so Trump continues to be annoyed by it.
Other’s hoped all the attention would help the artist win a Pulitzer for the cartoon.
We’re sure he wouldn’t have trouble gaining the support of a few people.
And some expressed anger and outrage that the cartoonist depicting Trump’s immigration policies was fired, while the people actually creating the policies have faced zero punishment.
It’s become quite obvious where people’s priorities lay and unfortunately, with the US government, they do not lay with migrants or immigration rights.
Many called out the shocking consequences of simply telling the truth.
With all the talk of #fakenews, it’s shocking that when a journalist/artist is telling the truth and calling out the Trump administration for its inhumane and deadly immigration policies, they lose their job.
While many took to Twitter to express their solidarity with de Adder and to stand by his creative expression.
Other’s were calling for a boycott of the media organization that terminated its contract with de Adder.