Anarchist group installs nude Donald Trump statues in US cities

  • Posted on: 18 August 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From The Guardian

Mazin Sidahmed in New York
Thursday 18 August 2016 16.34 EDT

INDECLINE erected statues in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle overnight Thursday, with the intent to humiliate Trump

A nude statue of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump without testicles was taken down on Thursday after causing quite the stir in New York’s Union Square.

The anarchist group INDECLINE erected the statue, titled The Emperor Has No Balls, overnight Thursday.

“It’s horrendously, tragically beautiful,” said Jeanne-Marie Patrick as she knelt down to take a picture. She came and saw the statue on her break after catching a glimpse on Facebook. Despite being disappointed that the face wasn’t quite accurate, she was in awe of it.

“It’s been a horrible week, this has been the best thing that happened to me all week,” Patrick said.

Union Square was packed with people of all ages taking selfies and laughing at his bulging belly and lumpy form. Athelea Sookia got her friend to snap a photo as she tugged on Trump’s stubby penis with a smile.

“He has no balls, he has no balls!” Sookia said. “He’s no good as a president. He hate[s] the Mexicans. Get him out, get him out.”

In an interview with the Washington Post, INDECLINE explained that they wanted humiliate Trump while nodding towards his authoritarian tendencies, as dictators often erect statues of themselves.

The group is also behind putting names of black men killed by the police on Hollywood stars and painting an anti-Trump rape mural on the US-Mexico border.

Naked Trump statues were also simultaneously unveiled in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle.

The artist behind the designs, Ginger, said he wanted to give Trump a “constipated look”. The statues show a veiny Trump with a saggy bottom. There are also specific details, such as a Masonic ring on his finger.

The group released a video showing the making of the statue on YouTube.

The statue did not last long, as the parks department tore it down while the ebullient crowd booed. “Salaam alaikum, Donald Trump!” one onlooker shouted as the statue was loaded into the back of the van.

The NYPD watched over the dismantling. One officer told the Guardian it was unattended property and had to be taken down.

“NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small,” a parks department spokesperson told Gothamist.

They left one foot and a pole sticking out in their wake.

Russian president Vladimir Putin was also depicted naked in 2014, in a painting sent by Ukrainian artist Olga Oleynik to Foreign Policy. Oleynik also gained fame by depicting Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych.

A previous nude painting of Trump also made headway across the internet after it was banned for public display due to copyright violations over the likeness to Trump.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was asked what he thought of the statue during a press conference.

“That is a frightening thought,” de Blasio said. “When he’s wearing clothes I don’t like him.”

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yeah, right. i'm pretty sure an outfit that's responsible for "bumfight", works for profits, and has some homophobic tendencies isn't anarchist. fucking lazy journos.

INDECLINED have said themselves they are "decentralized", never described themselves as anarchists. just because you're a bit "rebellious" and say to be decentralized, doesn't mean you're an anarchist. i get the press is not giving a shit but why is anarchistnews letting this slip in is beyond me.

Personally, I find these types of antics to be clownish, but perhaps there is a niche for it? How can we find a way to communicate with these artists and connect them within a democratic framework that empowers individual through a decentered approach?

U are the philistine clown!!

Isn't a philistine an ethnic group? Anyway, despite you odd ethnic bias, You haven't made much of a point. This is the problem with maximalist griping. Such little point. I am dissappoint :'-(

No, you're thinking of Palestine, or maybe Philistine, the Old Testament-cited ancestors of the Palestinians, however, the modern lower-case meaning is not ethnic descriptive but aesthetic specific meaning zero appreciation of creative process, and I find myself giving vocabulary lessons to a narrow minded totalitarian leftist troll *sigh*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_VVVTmiWFo

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decentralization

The word "centralization" came into use in France in 1794 as the post-French Revolution French Directory leadership created a new government structure. The word "decentralization" came into usage in the 1820s. "Centralization" entered written English in the first third of the 1800s; mentions of decentralization also first appear during those years. In the mid-1800s Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that the French Revolution began with "a push towards decentralization...[but became,]in the end, an extension of centralization." In 1863 retired French bureaucrat Maurice Block wrote an article called “Decentralization” for a French journal which reviewed the dynamics of government and bureaucratic centralization and recent French efforts at decentralization of government functions.

Ideas of liberty and decentralization were carried to their logical conclusions during the 19th and 20th centuries by anti-state political activists calling themselves "anarchists", "libertarians," and even decentralists. Alexis de Tocqueville was an advocate, writing: "Decentralization has, not only an administrative value, but also a civic dimension, since it increases the opportunities for citizens to take interest in public affairs; it makes them get accustomed to using freedom. And from the accumulation of these local, active, persnickety freedoms, is born the most efficient counterweight against the claims of the central government, even if it were supported by an impersonal, collective will." Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809–1865), influential anarchist theorist wrote: "All my economic ideas as developed over twenty-five years can be summed up in the words: agricultural-industrial federation. All my political ideas boil down to a similar formula: political federation or decentralization."

Sort of covers the point I think and hey it can't all be doom and gloom, a little humour goes a long way...

Nice research work. Decentralization does means anarchy, in the original historical sense. Yet it doesn't forcibly mean "democracy" or a "horizontal socialist State". In a way, democracy tends to be very centralizing, if not centralized.

My issue with today's decentralization -how it is unlikely to be realized within society- is about how so easy it is being co-opted by the State Octopus, which really goes to great lengths in some Western societies to use its soft power on the people seeking decentralized social arrangements.

So stupid. Why is this dumb ass shit here?

One person's "dumb ass shit" is another person's brilliant gold.

in today's context, decentralization does not always mean anarchist. the far-right in europe is also saying they stand for decentralization in their fight against the european union.

the INDECLINE has also made money with organizing and filming fights between the homeless and selling dvd's of it. google for bumfights. if these guys are truly considered anarchists by you, i think i may perhaps start reconsidering if i should call myself that.

decentralization as a concept is part of anarchist, far-right, liberal, etc... it suits the stability of progress.

The emperor has no balls and neither does his opponent, but so what? If they had balls would they be better? The balls to fuck us over better? The balls to bomb loads of different places? Artists have no balls - not the balls to do something that isn't just some pathetic aesthetic attempt to grab the headlines. Not the balls to challenge a society that just loves these lame student-type pranks.

But, but - body shaming or something! Mocking a naked Trump hurts the feelings of people that look like his grotesque statue! No one should ever have their feelings hurt, or feel insecure about anything. I take all art very personally. This statue makes me feel unsafe and triggered.

Fortunately anartists don't have that problem because they are apolitical.

"Fortunately anartists don't have that problem because they are apolitical."

ROFLMAO!!!!! you are delusional if you actually believe that!

That was a joke and I'm pleased it produced the intended response ;)

Next I hope they do a naked statue of Hillary. That should scare the shit out of everyone else.

There just isn't enough detournement. The possibilities are endless, without a bullet fired.

That's impossible coz they're fucking liberals.

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