Samoan measles cartoon not the first time Garrick Tremain has been published punching down

Cartoonist Garrick Tremain made headlines for his recent cartoon mocking the Samoan measles epidemic.

Criticism of the cartoon exploded on social media, with people calling for his career to end.

Both Tremain and Otago Daily Times (ODT) have apologised for the cartoon, saying they are sorry for the offence caused.

ODT  has since put Tremain under review and will not publish his work until further notice.

This is not the first time Tremain has been published punching down.

Over his 25 years at ODT Tremain has published many cartoons which people have found offensive.

Far from apologising for his work, he seems to enjoy the controversy he causes. 

In 2013,ODT published an article in which Tremain seemingly relished being called a racist.

"Over the years there has been feedback from MPs and their press secretaries, nearly all of it complimentary," said Tremain.

"If I have a favourite comment, it was from Pam Corkery who said: ''Love those bloody cartoons, Garrick! Keep 'em coming! I'm no racist but I'm pleased you are!''

Tremain also said if anyone is offended by his cartoon's that's their fault for being so precious.

"There have been other hostile reaction to cartoons over the years, most often from special interest groups, race relations conciliators and other martyrs to political correctness."

A number of the cartoons which caused backlash have been deleted from his official website - but the internet is forever and a quick Twitter search revealed a few of his more divisive works.

Last year, Tremain published a cartoon making fun of the plan to make learning te reo compulsory in schools.

Samoan measles cartoon not the first time Garrick Tremain has been published punching down
Photo credit: Garrick Tremain

Another framed colonialism as a reason for Maori finding "someone to blame".

Samoan measles cartoon not the first time Garrick Tremain has been published punching down
Photo credit: Garrick Tremain

Lynching was also used as a punch line.

Samoan measles cartoon not the first time Garrick Tremain has been published punching down
Photo credit: Garrick Tremain

Tennis champion Serena Williams was also used as a target for Tremain. In one of his comics he compares her to an Amazon - according to Greek mythology the Amazons were a tribe of war hungry, brutal and aggressive women.

Samoan measles cartoon not the first time Garrick Tremain has been published punching down
Photo credit: Garrick Tremain

Another accused Maori of getting an easy ride into council.

Samoan measles cartoon not the first time Garrick Tremain has been published punching down
Photo credit: Garrick Tremain

Another accused Pacific leaders of taking advantage of Jacinda Ardern.

Samoan measles cartoon not the first time Garrick Tremain has been published punching down
Photo credit: Garrick Tremain

While Tremain has apologised for his most recent work causing offence he has a history which he has yet to address.

 

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