8 Most Wildly Creative Responses to Donald Trump Insanity
It seems like every politician and countless celebrities have felt compelled to respond to Donald Trump's absurd and offensive statements about women, immigrants and Mexicans. But Trump may have also unwittingly caused an anti-Trump creative renaissance by inspiring artists to express their outrage through their media of choice. And there is certainly a market for it.
This month, Funny or Die and George Lopez released a video called Mexican Donald Trump, which has already gotten over 850,000 hits on YouTube and FOD alone. And over the past week, Trump piÃ±atas have been created and bashed all over the country.
Here are some the best creative and artistic responses to Trump to date.
1. The parody rap music video. The New York-based Latino comedy troupe Room 28 joined forces with the nonprofit organization Voto Latino Action Network to create a rap video which turns Big Sean’s hit “I Don’t F--- With You,” into an anti-Trump anthem called “I Won’t Vote for You.” In the video, Trump (Jacob Berger) calls his chauffeur, (Jerry Diaz) by the wrong name and orders him to keep his “beady Mexican eyes on the road.” The chauffeur spends the rest of the video explaining, “I won’t vote for you. You keep saying stupid things, I ain’t voting for you. Your running isn’t funny anymore, I ain’t voting for you. There’s millions of Latino voices, Trump you’re through.”
2. The Trump piÃ±ata. At a piÃ±ata store in the border city of Reynosa, Dalton Avalos Ramirez created a papier-mache piÃ±ata of Trump. Ramirez, who displayed his first model in June, explained that the idea was inspired by “the hatred Trump expressed for the Mexican people.” And the feeling seems to be mutual, given that “people want to burn the piÃ±atas, they want to break them.” Various other artists have taken up the craft of the Trump piÃ±ata. A quick look at eBay reveals at least 10 different Trump piÃ±atas, ranging in price from from $13.99 to $205. St. Louis celebrated Mexican Independence Day by beating “El Trumpo” over the weekend and Trump piÃ±atas were selling like hotcakes in LA ahead of Wednesday’s GOP debate. And sure enough, a protester showed up outside the Reagan Library with a piÃ±ata.
3. The Donald Trump punching bag. For Trump haters with attachment issues, there is a great alternative to the use-once, wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am piÃ±ata: the Donald Trump punching bag. As Mexican-born 3D artist Fernando Sosa writes of his creation, “unlike pinatas, this guy collapses for portability and is re-usable unless you puncture him with something sharp.” The punching bags are selling at $59.99.
4. The way-ahead-of-its-time Sesame Street video. Sesame Street has always been at the vanguard of pedagogy and education, so it comes as no surprise that the program was mocking Trump way before it was cool to do so. Back in 2005, the show skewered the real estate tycoon with the character Donald Grump, in an episode called “Grouch Apprentice." Oscar the Grouch’s “Grump! Grump! Grump!” cheer even foreshadows the cheering crowds that meet the Donald today at his political events. Donald Grump appears from out of a garbage can with bright orange hair and introduces himself as, “'Donald Grump, and I have more trash than any of yous so, na na na na na.” Within less than a minute he cans (pun intended) two characters with his signature, “you’re fired!” line.
5. The Donald Trump circus peanut. Showing his signature empathy, humility and firm grasp on reality, Donald Trump stated, “It's very hard for them [his female critics] to attack me on looks, because I'm so good-looking." So, it’s fair to say that Donald would describe himself as looking “good enough to eat.” And he’s not the only one to think that. Brooklyn-based Lauren Garfinkel included Trump in her edible government collection, which she describes as, “a culinary exploration of people and events that shape American politics, and a nod to the old adage, you are what you eat."
6. The piece of poop mural. Street artist Hanksy explained the process and inspiration behind the Trump mural he painted on Orchard Street in Manhattan in late August, by tweeting: “okay. so I started with the fact that Trump kinda rhymes with dump. but I think I'm just gonna paint him as a giant pile of s***.” And do he did, toupee and all.
7. The Donald Trump butt plug. To be fair, Trump wasn’t Fernando Sosa’s first butt plug muse. As he explained to me in an interview, “The first one I did was of Putin… wanted to ridicule Putin for his homophobic views. And since then I’ve been doing like Kim Jong-Un, George Bush, Marco Rubio, mostly homophobes, politicians and dictators.” So, what are you waiting for? Grab your butt plug now. Or, if that’s not your thing, check out the Donald Trump Poop Toupee, for $29.99. This fun toy lets you play hair dress up with the Donald so you can see him bald, with his regular toupee, or with his Poopee.
8. The Trump porn. Back full circle and back to parody, there is Donald Tramp: The XXX Parody, which was released online by WoodRocket.com. In this film Dick Chibbles portrays Tramp and Trinity St. Clair plays a moderator. The Trump lines are fairly realistic: “Welcome to one of my many homes built on poor people’s torn-down homes.” Asked about his alleged sexism, Tramp says, “I love women—except for the fat and ugly ones.” And he describes Bernie Sanders as looking “like an elderly Rick Moranis... He wants everybody to be healthy. He wants everybody to be educated. He wants everybody to have a decent wage. What a loser!”
Lee Roy Myers, who wrote and directed the porn parody, told the Daily Beast, “[Trump] can’t back up his statements with a point....The fact is that if a pornographer is calling him out on dumbing things down, I think people that support him probably need to take a second look.” Maybe Donald Tramp will move people to take that second look.