Canadian artist fired. A Canadian artist who made a damning caricature of President Trump has been fired by his employer. A publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada, has decided to fired its cartoonist, Michael de Adder, after making a caricature of President Donald Trump standing over the bodies of two drowned immigrants whose picture went viral on social networks last week.
The scene shows an impassive Donald Trump with his golf cart standing in front of the lifeless bodies of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria, two migrants who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande river. “Do you mind if I play through,” Trump asks in the caricature.
Just 24 hours after his drawing went viral on social media, Michael de Adder was fired from his job as a publisher for major newspapers at Brunswick News Inc. He had been working for the company for 17 years.
The publishing company is owned by James K. Irving, one of the richest people in Canada.
On June 28, the cartoonist announced through his account that he had been told he had been fired. “The ups and downs of the vignettes. Today I stop publishing in all the newspapers in New Brunswick,” he said.
According to Wes Tyrell, current president of the ACC, Association of Canadian Cartoonists, Adder was fired because the Canadian publishing company has commercial interests in the United States.
Although Adder has stated that he was not given any reason for his firing, the moment he was dismissed coincides with his criticism of Trump.
Brunswick News Inc (BNI) published a statement denying that the caricature of Trump is related to the end of the relationship with the cartoonist. The group argues that the decision was a business decision that has been maturing for some time, and not because of his drawings of the US president.
“The decision to bring back the favorite caricaturist of the readers, Greg Perry, was taken well before this drawing and the negotiations lasted for several weeks,” says Brunswick News Inc in a statement released on Sunday.
Mr. Adder says he will continue to create caricatures for other publications in the future, but says he is hurt to be cut off from the market in New Brunswick. Michael Adder had been working for Brunswick News newspapers for 17 years.