Michael de Adder, a Canadian cartoonist is out of a job in a shocking turn of events. The New Brunswick cartoonist was reportedly fired from his job at Brunswick News Inc. after a cartoon of President Donald Trump went viral over the weekend.
In a series of tweets from his personal account, De Adder explained that he had been “let go from all newspapers in New Brunswick.” According to the tweets, he would no longer be drawing for a number of newspapers, including Times & Transcript, The Daily Gleaner, Telegraph Journal and Telegraph Journal SJ.
The artist clarified that while he had not technically been ‘fired,’ he had been let go from his contract. While it has not been confirmed by Brunswick News Inc. that De Adder was let go due to the infamous Trump cartoon, De Adder did use his Twitter account to say "What's crazier, a cartoonist getting fired from a newspaper for a cartoon he didn't draw [chappatte] or a cartoonist being fired from a newspaper for a cartoon they didn't run?
The New Brunswick artist spoke of his sadness that he would no longer be a ‘voice in his home province,’ saying that “I loved drawing cartoons for my home province,” but “I'm a proud New Brunswicker. I will survive.” He added that he was not a victim, and that the incident was “simply a setback, not a deathblow.”
The cartoon in question is a drawing of a golfing gear-clad Donald Trump, stepping over a drowned man and child, with his golf clubs, basically asking if he can play around them.
The image was likely inspired by the recent infamous picture of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria. The pair tragically died attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico, after leaving El Salvador. Several people criticized Trump for his lack of apathy, and this is what the cartoon seems to represent.
Once the cartoon went viral, support for the Canadian artist came in thick and fast from people around the world. Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, was quick to compliment the drawing, calling the picture "Pulitzer Prize-worthy."
In a heartbreaking tweet, De Adder said, "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 [Times Transcript] and see her son's cartoon. A cartoon that won't be there anymore."
Association of Canadian Cartoonists President Wes Tyrell responded to the situation on Facebook. He wrote, "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."
"Although he has stated there was no reason given for his firing, the timing was no coincidence," Tyrell added.