Agricultural Corp. CEO Can't Take a Joke, Gets Cartoonist Fired


A Monsanto executive who's been the butt of a joke of a Farm News cartoon got the cartoonist axed from his job. Clearly reeling from a devastating dig over agriculture corporations' CEO salaries, Monsanto pulled advertisements with Farm News as a result of the cartoon. 

Monsanto have forced Iowa newspaper Farm News to fire a cartoonist who had been working for them for 21 years after he dared to criticize the salaries of CEOs at Monsanto, Du Pont and John Deere. 

Cartoonist Rick Friday announced Sunday that his job was over after 21 years in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.

The cartoon that got Rick Friday fired features two farmers talking about farming profits.

The first says, “I wish there was more profit in farming.” 

The second farmer answers, “There is. In year 2015 the CEOs of Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer and John Deere combined made more money than 2,129 Iowa farmers.”

KCCI 8 reports: Rick Friday received an email from his editor at Farm New cutting off their relationship one day after the cartoon was published.

Friday’s editor said a seed dealer pulled their advertisements with Farm News as a result of the cartoon, and others working at the paper disagreed with the jokes made about the agriculture corporations.

The move led to the firing of the cartoonist Rick Friday, who's been working at the publication for 21 years. In a now-viral post, Friday confirmed that Monsanto executives got him fired, adding that “It’s our constitutional right to free speech and our constitutional right to free press.”

Image courtesy of: Danny VB

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