Michael de Adder, a Canadian cartoonist has lost his job just two days after his illustration of President Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral on social media.
Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been let go by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada. His illustration depicted President 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.
“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.
Brunswick News Inc. responded in a statement on Sunday that “it is entirely incorrect to suggest” that it canceled a freelance contract with de Adder over the Trump cartoon. “This is a false narrative which has emerged carelessly and recklessly on social media,” the publishing company wrote.
De Adder tweeted that he would bounce back from losing the job and that he just had to “recoup a percentage of my weekly income.
Wes Tyrell, President of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists, a professional group for artists, claimed that the Brunswick newspapers avoided Trump as a subject of its cartoons and de Adder “was doing them with regularity for the last couple of years, like any cartoonist.”