Naked Donald Trump Statues Erected Across United States
While Donald Trump is out on the campaign trail, his likeness appeared in five states Thursday. Naked statues of the presidential candidate appeared in Cincinnati, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Seattle. They were erected in public spaces overnight to the horror and/or delight of locals who had to walk past the not-so-well endowed likeness of the former The Apprentice host.
The testicle-free statues are the work of an anarchist collective calling themselves Indecline. They commissioned the works, which were made by a Cleveland-based artist who goes by the name Ginger. They have titled the statues "The Emperor Has No Balls," in reference to the Hans Christian Andersen fable "The Emperor Has No Clothes."
"Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment,” an Indecline spokesman told The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. “Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time — with statues."
NYC parks department on naked Trump statue: "NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small.”— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 18, 2016
Statues like the one placed in New York's Union Square didn't last long. But that didn't stop large crowds from assembling before the statues were removed. It also didn't stop an NYC Parks Department representative from making a hilariously suggestive comment about the protest art.
Get a good look at the statue in the video below, but do know that you're going to see it all.
Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record, but has never met the fingernail lady. He’s written for Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, The Rumpus, and other digital wonderlands. Follow him @dlukenelson.