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Life-size, naked Trump statues greeted passers-by in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland on Aug. 18. They were the brainchild of an activist collective called INDECLINE, which has spoken out against Trump before.
In a statement, the collective said the hope is that Trump, the former host of The Apprentice reality TV series, “is never installed in the most powerful political and military position in the world.”
The Las Vegas-based artist who created the Trump statues also designs monsters for haunted houses and horror movies.
Numerous videos of the naked Trump statues have popped up on YouTube and social networking sites. On YouTube, the videos have received hundreds of thousands of views.
The Donald’s statue depicts a stern-faced Trump, his hands folded over a bulging belly. A tiny male genital is tucked away under the bulge, but conspicuously missing is a testicular sac.
The project is aptly titled “The Emperor Has No Balls.”
In what was perhaps a hint of compassion, the blond carpet matched the drapes.
“It is through these sculptures that we leave behind the physical and metaphorical embodiment of the ghastly soul of one of America’s most infamous and reviled politicians,” INDECLINE said in its statement.
Trump’s campaign declined to comment on the statues.
One of the Trump statues in New York’s Union Square quickly drew attention. Many people posed for photographs with it before the city’s parks department dismantled and removed it. The other cities involved also removed the statues, generally within an hour.
“NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small,” parks spokesman Sam Biederman joked.
A video posted by DNAInfo showed onlookers booing and groaning as workers snapped the statue off its base, leaving the feet behind, and loaded it face-down into the back of a pickup truck. One woman yelled, “Take his nasty feet, too!”
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, when asked about the naked Trump statue, said, “That is a frightening thought. When he’s wearing clothes I don’t like him.”
The statue received an unfavorable review from the British newspaper The Guardian, whose art critic said it fell short of its satirical aspirations.
“The piece, with its slumpy, distended belly, withered buttocks and sagging pectorals, crosses callously into generalized ageism and body-shaming,” wrote Murray Whyte. “Unlike the attempted caricaturization of Trump’s particular bits, this is no joke, but rather an expression of unmitigated contempt, and whatever else it does, it dissolves satirical intent in an instant.”
The surprise statues weren’t INDECLINE’s first anti-Trump endeavor. The collective also has spray-painted a U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, with an image of a gagged Trump.
The group’s other projects have included putting the names of African-Americans killed by police over the inlaid stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and painting the words, “This Land Was Our Land,” across an unused airstrip in the Mojave Desert.
Trump’s presidential campaign has inspired a number of shenanigans. The most notable was a man attempting to scale the glass facade of Trump Tower in New York using large suction cups. He climbed for two and a half hours, reaching the 21st floor before police officers grabbed him and hauled him to safety through an open window.
The tower is headquarters to Donald Trump’s Republican presidential campaign and his business empire.