INDECLINE, an anarchist collective, erected fat, naked statues of Donald Trump with shriveled genitalia in five American cities yesterday. What a hoot!
If you had a good laugh with this, I’m here to ruin your fun.
Think along with me here for a second. Why is it reprehensible for Trump to make fun of a disabled reporter, but just fine for us to ridicule Trump’s naked body?
Why is it acceptable to fat-shame Donald Trump, but unacceptable to describe Hillary Clinton as a “bitch” or President Obama as a “nigger”?
If an artist had created similar naked statues of Hillary Clinton, exaggerating her age and sometimes grim look, would we be celebrating that? How about statues of a shambling Obama with a big pickaninny grin? Would those be lots of fun, too?
The media coverage I’ve seen so far describes the statues and people’s reaction without a hint of regret or outrage.
Here it is in a nutshell, people. Principles are more important than people. If you disagree with the name-calling behavior of Donald Trump — the constant references to and caricatures of people by race and ethnicity, the pandering to white pride, the belittling nicknames — then you can’t normalize that behavior and apply it to him.
The ends don’t justify the means. And if the means is fat-shaming, I’ve got a problem with that.
It’s pretty easy to point out how ugly Trump’s mind is. That’s a lot more effective than displaying how ugly his body is, and it leaves you feeling a lot more virtuous, too.