Ira­ni­ans hold ‘Trump­ism’ car­toon con­test

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Ira­ni­ans have or­ga­nized a “Trump­ism” car­toon con­test in which hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants were in­vited to sub­mit art­work mock­ing the US leader. The same or­ga­niz­ers held a Holo­caust car­toon con­test last year, which they said was meant to high­light West­ern dou­ble stan­dards on free speech and not to cast doubt on the Nazi geno­cide. The logo for the con­test is based on the Nazi em­blem, with a di­ag­o­nal “T” in a white cir­cle against a red back­ground. One car­toon shows Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump paint­ing a Hitler-like mus­tache on the face of the Statue of Lib­erty.

Hadi Asadi of Iran, who won first prize and a $1,500 award, said he wanted to high­light the “money-mind­ed­ness and war monger na­ture” of Trump. His car­toon shows Trump wear­ing a jacket made of dol­lar notes while drool­ing on books, a ref­er­ence to cul­tural ma­te­rial. “I wanted to show Trump while tram­pling sym­bols of cul­ture,” said Asadi, who pro­duced the car­toon in two weeks us­ing a sty­lus pen dig­i­tal print­ing method.

Con­test or­ga­nizer Ma­suod Sho­jai Ta­batabaei said the aim of the con­test and ex­hi­bi­tion is to show wrong be­hav­iors by Trump in the frame­work of satir­i­cal por­traits. Trump and vi­o­lence against women, me­dia as well as build­ing walls were among themes of the con­test. “The ism in Trump­ism is a ref­er­ence to racism and Nazism,” said Ta­batabaei. “Many be­lieve his re­marks are sim­i­lar to Hitler. He has had a bad at­ti­tude to­ward me­dia and refugees.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which opened yes­ter­day and will last one week, in­cludes the works of some 1,614 Ira­nian and for­eign par­tic­i­pants from 74 coun­tries, in­clud­ing four works from Amer­i­can car­toon­ists, of which two were awarded ci­ta­tions. Amer­i­can Robert Jones Clay­ton’s car­toon shows the cover photo of two copies of Time mag­a­zine, one with Trump’s pic­ture and the other with Adolf Hitler. Both men are por­trayed as Time’s Per­son of the Year and Trump tells Hitler: “It is a great honor” and in re­turn Hitler replies “Ja”. Amer­i­can Ed Wexler’s work shows Trump say­ing “Fake news” while run­ning away from a snow­ball, on which a red star with a ham­mer and sickle em­blem is seen, a ref­er­ence to Rus­sian con­nec­tions to Trump. — AP

TEHRAN: Ira­nian car­toon­ist Hadi Asadi poses for a pic­ture with a tro­phy and an award next to car­toons of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at an ex­hi­bi­tion of the Is­lamic Repub­lic’s 2017 In­ter­na­tional Trump­ism car­toon and car­i­ca­ture con­test yes­ter­day. —AFP

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