Many of us are familiar with the story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the Hans Christian Andersen tale in which a not-too-bright monarch is convinced that he is wearing clothing fashioned from a special fabric that cannot be seen by anyone who is “hopelessly stupid.” Nobody is willing to point out to the emperor that he is naked, for fear of being branded as a dimwit, until a child speaks the truth.
Residents of several cities across the U.S. awoke on Thursday morning to find statues of Donald Trump, completely nude, gracing their communities. JamesMichael Nichols, who writes for The Huffington Post, spotted the one that had been placed in New York City, in Union Square.
s/o to whoever installed this Trump statue in Union Square last night pic.twitter.com/Cldd4qkgyI
— JamesMichael Nichols (@jamesmichael) August 18, 2016
Several replies to Nichols’ tweet indicated that the statues had also appeared on Hollywood Blvd. and in Seattle. It was quite a mystery for a while. Then The Washington Post revealed what was up.
The statues are the work of an anarchist group known as INDECLINE. In addition to the statue in New York, members of the group also said they had also unveiled them in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Cleveland.
The project is called “The Emperor Has No Balls.” The spokesman, who requested to remain anonymous, told the WaPo,
Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment. Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time — with statues.
This is not a statue designed to flatter a hero, however. As the WaPo’s Peter Holley notes, these renderings of the man who would be the emperor of America, “lack one key element of the male reproductive system and dramatically downplay another.”
The purpose of the statues is to show that like Andersen’s emperor, Trump is a self-aggrandizing idiot who has no clue about what is really going on. They also mock the tendency of dictators to erect statues in their own honor.
INDECLINE hired a Las Vegas-based artist known as “Ginger” to build the statues. He told the WaPo how that came about.
When the guys approached me, it was all because of my monster-making abilities. Trump is just yet another monster, so it was absolutely in my wheelhouse to be able to create these monstrosities.
“Monstrosities” are exactly what Ginger created. And today those monstrosities have been unveiled across the country. Ginger revealed that when Trump first announced his candidacy, he actually considered voting for the tycoon. But the more he learned about Trump, the less he liked him.
The next question is how long the statues will survive. Apparently INDECLINE members have placed bets among themselves as to which statue will be removed first, and how long it will last before being removed. The current opinion is that the one in San Francisco will survive the longest.
INDECLINE’s spokesman said, “I don’t expect these things to last more than 30 or 45 minutes. But I would love to watch some irate 65-year-old Trump supporter try to take the thing down with his bare hands.”
This video released by INDECLINE shows the creation of the statues:
Featured image via JamesMichael Nichols/Twitter