Otago Daily Times, please give Garrick Tremaine's job to someone more deserving.

Otago Daily Times, please give Garrick Tremaine's job to someone more deserving.

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Cordwainer Bird started this petition to Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times Cartoonist Garrick Tremain's grossly inept and inapt cartoon from Tuesday 3rd December 2019 making light of the measles outbreak in Samoa was unsuitable and frankly shameful for publication in a widely circulated newspaper.  The paper has apologised and Tremain has been stood down pending review by the ODT. But Tremain's behavior is an insult to the publication and we, the signatories, feel that time has come for Tremain to be replaced by Young Blood. 

Tremain has repeatedly published cartoons that are grossly unprofessional and is unapologetic for his current controversy, further compounding his generally unprofessional behavior.  He has also drawn the ire of other media personalities and quite naturally the Race Relations Commissioner.  Tremain has been making cartoons for the ODT for 31 years, and in that time has clearly not developed a sense of basic propriety, social grace, or even the simple professionalism expected of his journalist colleagues.  While a certain level of irreverence to be thought provoking is crucial to the job of a cartoonist, it should not come at the cost of basic human decency.

The ODT would benefit both itself and the community it ostensibly serves by leveraging its reach to enable a new generation of artists.  Dunedin is a town full of untapped talent, and by freeing up the space that Tremain's regular output takes, ODT would be in a position to employ and expose not just one talented Dunedin artist, but potentially many.

Come on ODT, time for a change of the guard.  Do your community proud!

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