[guest post by Dana]
We’ve talked at length about various political cartoons, their offensiveness and/or brilliance (or both, simultaneously), as well as the historical place they have in the ongoing political conversations, and whether they ever cross a line.
The subject of this post is an editorial cartoon by Canadian artist Michael de Adder, whose contract with Canadian publisher Brunswick News Inc., was terminated just days after de Adder posted a controversial cartoon. The cartoon was based on the heartbreaking photograph of the bodies of the El Salvadorian father and daughter, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his 23-month-old, Angie Valeria who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas:
This is de Adde’s cartoon:
The president of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists told reporters that the timing of de Adder’s exit “was no coincidence,” and that President Trump is considered “a taboo subject”. Meanwhile, Brunswick News claims that it is “entirely incorrect” to suggest the company ended its contract with de Adder over the Trump cartoon. This is a false narrative which has emerged carelessly and recklessly on social media,” the company wrote…”
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)