Canadian cartoonist Michael de Adder has been let go from Brunswick News Inc. after a cartoon of President Donald Trump went viral.
De Adder revealed on Twitter he'd been "let go from all [the] newspapers in New Brunswick." As de Adder was under contract, he clarified he was not "technically" fired. The decision was reportedly not explicitly linked to the cartoon, though occured only a short time after it went viral. De Adder went on to say he just finished a book releasing in September, so the incident is "a setback not a deathblow."
However, de Adder did add, "The hardest part in all of this, I have a mother with dimentia [sic] in NB who has a hard time remembering her family at times. But she knows her son draws cartoons. Part of her daily routine is to open the @TimesTranscript and see her son's cartoon. A cartoon that won't be there anymore."
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who has been openly critical of President Trump, responded to the cartoon, writing "Pulitzer Prize-worthy."
Pulitzer Prize-worthy— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 30, 2019
The cartoon itself is inspired by the now infamous image of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria, who died attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico after leaving El Salvador.
Association of Canadian Cartoonists President Wes Tyrell responded to de Adder's firing on Facebook. "Cartoonist Michael de Adder was let go from his job drawing editorial cartoons for all the major New Brunswick newspapers 24 hours after his Donald Trump cartoon went viral on social media, a job he held for 17 years," he wrote. "Although he has stated there was no reason given for his firing, the timing was no coincidence."
Tyrell noted J.D. Irving, Limited, which owns Brunswick News, had a "series of taboo subjects [de Adder] could not touch. One of these taboo subjects was Donald Trump."
He added that the Irvings "have considerable corporate interests in the United States," which is what led them to firing de Adder over "a cartoon that didn't even appear in their newspaper."
De Adder is not the first cartoonist to be fired due to his work on President Trump. Cartoonist Rob Rogers was fired from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last year due to work critical of the President.
Tyrell compared de Adder's firing to that of Rogers, saying, "Not long ago Rob Rogers lost his job at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for drawing cartoons about Trump, but he's an American at an American newspaper. The Telegraph Journal and other newspapers in the chain are based in New Brunswick, and de Adder is a New Brunswicker."
He added, "It seems that the Irving's don't want to take that chance. So they cut all ties. A solid reason why an oil company has no business owning newspapers."
(via Daily Cartoonist)