Canadian Artist Michael de Adder has been terminated by his publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada after a drawing he created of President Trump standing over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral.
According to NBC News, The drawing, which was posted on de Adder’s Twitter account on June 26, shows Trump standing beside a golf cart, golf club in hand, looking down at the bodies of a father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross from Mexico into Texas. Trump asks, “Do you mind if I play through?”
The illustration is based off the searing photo of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lying face down in the muddy waters of the Rio Grande, which has sparked outrage and become a focal point of the debate over asylum-seekers.
— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) June 26, 2019
Cartoonist Michael De Adder announced his termination from the newspapers owned by Brunswick News Inc. on Twitter.
“The highs and lows of cartooning,” he wrote. “Today I was just let go from all newspapers in New Brunswick.”
Brunswick News Inc. said in a statement on Sunday it is “entirely incorrect” to suggest the company cancelled its freelance contract with de Adder over the cartoon.
It's not. It's the last cartoon I drew for Brunswick News before I got axed.
This one on the other hand is controversial. pic.twitter.com/fJnzVWOOpI
— Michael de Adder (@deAdder) June 29, 2019
The company attempted to downplay the termination and it’s association with the disgusting cartoon.
“This is a false narrative which has emerged carelessly and recklessly on social media,” the company said. “In fact, BNI was not even offered this cartoon by Mr. de Adder. The decision to bring back reader favourite Greg Perry was made long before this cartoon, and negotiations had been ongoing for weeks.”