Ci­ti­zen car­toon­ist feels caught in on­line back­lash over fir­ing

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

An ed­i­to­rial car­toon­ist says his char­ac­ter has been ma­ligned and ca­reer prospects dam­aged af­ter he was caught up in the on­line back­lash re­sult­ing from a New Brunswick news­pa­per group cut­ting ties with another artist.

Greg Perry is­sued a state­ment to CBC News say­ing he has opted not to ac­cept an of­fer from Brunswick News Inc. to re­place Michael de Ad­der, who drew in­ter­na­tional sup­port af­ter his con­tract was ter­mi­nated last week.

Perry did not re­spond to re­peated re­quests for com­ment from The Cana­dian Press.

De Ad­der learned his 17-year ar­range­ment with the New Brunswick me­dia pow­er­house was be­ing scrapped a day af­ter he posted a car­toon on­line show­ing U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump play­ing golf next to the bod­ies of two mi­grants who drowned try­ing to cross into Texas.

De Ad­der says he was not given a rea­son for the ter­mi­na­tion, but says he be­lieves his prom­i­nent so­cial me­dia pres­ence, which in­cludes strong anti-Trump opin­ions, played a role.

Brunswick News has said it struck a deal to work with Perry weeks be­fore de Ad­der was let go and noted that the de­ci­sion had noth­ing to do with the Trump car­toon in ques­tion, which it was never of­fered for pub­li­ca­tion.

Perry told CBC the use of his name in con­nec­tion with the en­tire saga led so­cial me­dia users to “de­stroy” both his char­ac­ter and car­toon work.

Brunswick News says it of­fers its full sup­port to Perry, who it de­scribes as a tal­ented car­toon­ist who has been “un­fairly ma­ligned” by re­cent on­line com­men­tary.

De Ad­der has also ex­pressed his sup­port for Perry, is­su­ing a tweet Tues­day that stressed that his fel­low car­toon­ist found him­self in a “sit­u­a­tion that has noth­ing to do with him.”

Perry told CBC he wouldn’t wish what had hap­pened to him on any­one.

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