What purpose did Trump’s naked statue serve?

Published: August 21, 2016
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People pose for selfies with a naked statue of Donald Trump that was left in Union Square Park in New York City. PHOTO: REUTERS

Let’s face it, there are not too many of us out there who are fans of Donald Trump.  I am fairly certain even his kids cringe deep inside right before he goes on stage and opens his mouth.

We have all been disgusted when he has made sexist and derogatory comments. His constant bigotry against Muslims is worn on his sleeve as a symbol of pride. He has made fun of people with special needs and has even gone far enough to make hypothetical comments about shooting Hillary Clinton; and then even bragged about that comment having gotten him even more votes. He has used tragic events to say, “I told you so” and belittled soldiers of his own country.

Calling him a vile scumbag would actually be something complimentary as compared to the names he actually deserves.

So, members of INDECLINE decided to do something about it. They wanted to humiliate him and showcase his true identity to the world. For this, they kept in mind the children’s story The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Thus, life-sized statues of a very naked Trump went on display in public spaces in New York and four other states in the US.

The statue was called “The Emperor Has No B****’s,” which they made evident in the statue itself as well. He had scowling eyes and skin filled with varicose veins thick and ready to burst. Along with that was a huge protruding belly and a flat wrinkly behind… or tashreef if you like.

Many people laughed, poked fun, took pictures, made obscene comments about parts of his anatomy and all was still well in the world. Basically, the only way they thought they could humiliate him was to strip him and make fun of his supposed body.

Now, let’s flip this a bit. What if this had been done to a woman? A naked statue of a woman, plastered with issues that people struggle with in real lives; made her look fat and deliberately old and wrinkly. Imagine if someone had done this to Hillary Clinton.

I am pretty sure, the world would have erupted with anger about how not funny it is; how the woman has been reduced to just a body, a piece of meat. How instead of going head to head with her verbally to make a point, they instead body shamed her.

Yes, if it had been a woman, the artist just might have been looking for a new job right now. Instead, he probably just hiked his fees.

So what is wrong for a woman in this regard, should be wrong for a man too, shouldn’t it?

If they chose to fat shame him, it means they had nothing intelligent to say to debunk his words. They had nothing, so they just pretty much went along with,

“Oh, he is fat and old.”

Also, are they insinuating that it is just bad people in the world who are fat, old, ugly and wrinkly? Varicose veins only pop up on evil?

I know there are a lot of people who swoon over Justin Trudeau and think him as nothing less than a Disney Prince but it is not his looks that that made him a leader. We don’t choose people to run our country based on their looks. If that was the case, then we might as well just hold beauty pageants and hand the country over to the winner.

Making fun of Trump’s body does absolutely nothing to him. It does hurt people with that same body type though. For Trump, it gives him sympathy from his supporters that people are so desperate that they are resorting to bullying and body shaming.

It is not Trump’s body that needs to be exposed, it is how he thinks; that is what needs to be mocked and counter attacked.

Shamila Ghyas

Shamila Ghyas

The writer is the author of the Aoife and Demon series. She also writes for Khabaristan Times, The Nation, Express Tribune, Dawn and other publications. She can be reached at @ShamilaGhyas (twitter.com/ShamilaGhyas) and www.facebook.com/shamilaghyas

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Keyboard Soldier

    Trump is a proper racist. Stop connecting it with body shaming.

    Here is how he was in the 80s. Excerpt from a news story:

    “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor. It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back.”

    Trump operated multiple businesses during Atlantic City’s renaissance in the 1980s and 90s until one by one they went bankrupt or were sold off to other companies.
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  • Patwari

    Get a life. Try something new. Instead of such blogs.
    Trump is a danger to the United States….and THEN to
    the rest of the World !! They should put THIS statue and its
    copies in every major city of the world. Specially in Hindustan.
    The hindus love him. He is a shameless, of course.Recommend

  • Manyabopanya

    I’m so tired of this argument being circulated by some media outlets. It’s the same set of criticisms every time: 1. low-brow, crude, “we can do better.” 2. Body-shaming, fat-shaming, ageist, transphobic, etc, 3. What if it had been a statue of Hillary or another political candidate?

    Donald Trump has relentlessly mocked the disabled, the old, the fat, the ugly. He is notoriously misogynistic towards women and constantly reinforces the attitude that their #1 asset is their looks and how men view them. He is obsessed with his own (toxic) masculinity, to the point of making crude, unpresidential, vulgar comments.

    So no: no one else should have a statue like this put out there because no one (regardless of political affiliation) has committed the aforementioned offenses. No, the art isn’t transphobic or any other kind of phobic or -shaming: it’s a response to his own -phobic, -ist, -shaming comments, behaviors and attitudes. Is it funny? That’s a matter of personal opinion. Is it low brow? Yeah it is, big deal.

    Quite frankly, I think that when we take the very points an artist or comedian was satirizing and attribute those attitudes to them in a sincere way, we give more power to the person who HAD in fact sincerely said those words and held those attitudes, and we take power away from our ability to dialogue, criticize and satirize to undercut people like Trump.Recommend

  • Xyz

    Agree with you – body shaming is a bad bad choice of mockery and rebuttals. First his wife’s pictures then this…politics stooping to new lows.
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  • siesmann

    You should attend one of Trump’s rallies and see what the shirts and signs and other paraphernalia say about Hillary.Statue might not be in good taste,but the same guy has said he is going to make statues of Hillary-hopefully not so naked.
    Trump enjoys his crowds chanting bad words about Hillary.Recommend

  • Xyz

    And you had to bring religion even in this!! That’s another low.Recommend

  • Shahroz Punjwani

    – People are enjoying seeing a narcissist, naked.

    An interesting perspective and it made me think are we shamming Trunp’s body or it is more than that. Imagine the same sculpture, with a fine suit and a red tie. Putting the same sculpture in suit would would be viewed as glorifying Trump. But just by removing the exquisite clothing (which symbolizes elitism, wealth, the Trump Tower and everything he brags about) and putting himself naked in front of the public, gives a average person to a certain freedom and pleasure which they feel helpless against the show of wealth and power of man, in exquisite suiting, sitting in his Trump Tower or saying from the podium whatever he likes about the minorities and average people and acting like he is god form. People are enjoying seeing a narcissist, naked.Recommend

  • Patwari

    What’s wrong with that? Trump and hindus hate Islam.
    Because the hindus keep singing praises of Trump
    here in ET. Since Trump hates Muslims, the Hindustanis
    love him. So,do you understand?? Nope. Not at all.
    Hindutva philosophy, the ‘Mission Statement’ of Modi and BJP
    is the same as Trump’s ‘White Supremacists’ agenda.
    [except hindus are brown]
    Hindustan is for hindus only. The rest leave.
    YOU savvy?Recommend

  • Nanci Merczel

    Bully Donald Trump has become popular by tearing down and BELITTLING others..Now HE gets to be be LITTLED!!! How appropriate! I’m so tired of everyone walking on egg shells around this man so he doesn’t get mad. He deserves this! Hillary does not deserve a statue like this since Hillary does not go around belittle others…it’s very simple! why do people even need to keep bringing that dumb point home (oh, they would never do this to a woman, blah,blah)..it has nothing to do with man or woman…it has to do with a rotten small minded creep who loves to launch personal attacks on anyone and everyone who does not bow to him! Yay to the statue!Recommend

  • Nanci Merczel

    He is also quoted as saying he does not want a black man counting his money (in regard to an accountant).Recommend