Cartoonists like to say 'awards don't mattter' ... until they win one. Clay Jones, who recently won a citation in an international Trump cartoon contest, rejected his prize when learned more about the source of the award.
“[Iran's House of Cartoon] may have good intentions, but I don’t want to be associated with them,” Jones told 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 Washington Post's Michael Cavna wrote, "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."
“I have an issue with a contest sponsored by the government of Iran that’s critical of free speech in the United States when they don’t allow freedom of speech, or freedom for the press in their nation,” Jones wrote on his blog. “I have an issue with a contest that was a wolf whistle for anti-Semitism.
“Though the Trumpism contest wasn’t about any of that, it’s not a party I would accept an invitation to. If the Ku Klux Klan held a cartoon contest on economics, I wouldn’t want to enter, and I don’t want to be involved with a group that engages in anti-Semitism, no matter how their denial may be worded.”