When Politics Meet Art
Politicians are among the most criticized and ridiculed members of our society. Though voted in and up through the system by we the people, politicians still come to represent, sadly, some of the worst aspects of our society. They also become the primary scapegoats for scandal, abuse, and problems, and they take all the blame while fighting for their hotly-debated stances, even though the opinions, at the end of the day, are our own.
Perhaps it’s for this reason that the word “politician” has earned a negative connotation, becoming so associated with corruption and distrust that we cringe at the thought of it. And that’s the exact reason why so many of Trump’s supporters like him: Because he’s not a politician. He says what he means and does what he wants. They admire his gusto.
But hold on a second: Being a politician shouldn’t be a bad thing. In fact, we shouldn’t want anyone else leading our country than a well-versed politician who understands the laws and customs that define our nation, as well as the inner workings of it. That being said, it looks like politicians need to be working a lot harder to clean up their reputations so that they don’t scare the people into voting for dangerously inexperienced candidates now or in the future.
And that’s exactly why criticizing our politicians can be a healthy and cathartic activity. People are angry. The country is in a state of unrest. If we don’t put pressure on our leaders, who else is going to make the changes necessary?
The most infamous artistic stunt of this election season happened yesterday, and the images certainly won’t be forgotten any time soon. Why’s that?
Because five naked Donald Trump statues briefly went up in cities across the nation yesterday, and, frankly, we’re still scarred.
Learn where the statues came from!
The Emperor Has No Balls
Appearing in popular urban spaces in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Cleveland, and New York, the unflattering, nude statues of Republican nominee Donald Trump surprised, shocked, and entertained thousands across the country yesterday from their clandestine erection in the night until each city had them taken down several hours later.
They were part of a project called “The Emperor Has No Balls,” a play on the Hans Christian Andersen tale about the cocky emperor whose ego led him to shame himself in front of his people. The graphic statues were also meant to evoke thoughts of the bygone monuments of leaders in countries with authoritarian governments, although clearly, these were not nearly so flattering.
Making a Monster
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After the news broke about the statues, the artists and sponsors behind it were quick to come forward. The installation was the idea of an anarchist collective called INDECLINE, whose goal was to strip down the bombastic Republican candidate from more expensive outfits to just his birthday suit. The crowning feature? A “micropenis” and no visible testicles.
The artist who created the molds and completed the statues is a Las Vegas-based man named Ginger, who usually works on monsters for horror movies and haunted houses.
“When the guys approached me, it was all because of my monster-making abilities,” said Ginger. “Trump is just yet another monster, so it was absolutely in my wheelhouse to be able to create these monstrosities.”