Friday, July 7, 2017

Clay Jones declines award from Iran’s Trump cartoon contest

Michael Cavna in The Washington Post.

Virginia cartoonist Clay Jones discovered this week that a cartoon of his lampooning the president had been awarded a citation in the Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest, as announced Monday by Iran’s House of Cartoon in Tehran. 

His cartoon spoofed Time magazine’s 2016 selection of Trump as “person of the year” by drawing a comparison to Hitler, whom Time named its “man of the year” in 1938.

Jones’s issue with the competition is that he now believes it is anti-American and anti-free speech.

[House of Cartoon] may have good intentions, but I don’t want to be associated with them,” Jones tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. 

“It can be perceived as not just an anti-Trump contest, but anti-American. I’m fine with criticizing America, or even our democratic allies criticizing America. But I don’t want to join our enemies in doing so.”

The complete article here.

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