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A life-sized wooden statue that the artist claims is America’s beautiful and classy First Lady Melania Trump was lit on fire in her home country of Slovenia on July 4.
Artistic license, anyone?
Brad Downey, the artist who commissioned the sculpture, suggested that he has no idea about the motivation behind the vandalism, but would like to interview the culprits for a movie he’s making in advance of an exhibition of his work in the fall.
Tearing down statues has unfortunately become trendy in the U.S. and around the world in recent weeks.
“The wooden statue was unveiled in Slovenia last year. It depicts Trump in the blue outfit she wore to her husband’s inauguration in 2017, raising her left hand as if to wave,” The Hill recalled.
An American who lives in Berlin, Germany, Downey asked authorities to take down the statue — which was carved from a Slovenian tree with a chain saw — while an investigation is pending, which was prompted by Downey filing a police report after he learned what happened.
Police officials say the probe is ongoing, but did not provide any details.
Downey “had hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States, highlighting Melania Trump’s status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration,” Reuters explained.
What apparently is missing from the artist’s analysis is that America’s glamorous and accomplished First Lady is a legal immigrant to the U.S., a nuance that is often lost on open-borders advocates.
The Trump administration’s enforcement actions have focused on illegal immigration, particularly in apprehending and deporting violent felons. The president has repeatedly said he favors legal immigration to the U.S., especially by those who possess needed skills who will help grow the U.S. economy.
At the time it was unveiled near Mrs. Trump’s hometown of Sevnica last year, it apparently was widely mocked, with various observers concluding it might be a parody rather than a serious artistic creation. Some locals even described it as a disgrace and resembling a “Smurfette.”
At the time, Downey said that “People might laugh at the aesthetics of the monument, but the context plays a very important role. This is not the random positioning of a monument. People may laugh, but the context still resonates.”
Slovenia has reportedly seen an uptick in tourism as a result of Melania Trump becoming U.S. First Lady.
The White House has yet to make a comment on this incident. Parenthetically, in January, arsonists burned down a wooden statue of President Trump elsewhere in Slovenia.
Commentary on Twitter suggests that this particular form of vandalism might be a blessing in disguise because the original work was not a good look.
I try very hard to be a kind and gentle human, but I can’t stop laughing at this Melania statue. Thanks, Slovenia. You did the right thing, pic.twitter.com/XULNir4vV1
— Ittabit (@itsittabit) July 9, 2020
— theG1Kidd (@KiddK316) July 9, 2020
Politics aside, this statue is horrible and it deserved to go regardless of who it’s off
— Em (@emily70287194) July 8, 2020
Most likely local socialists. There is currently a heated struggle between them (protesting on the streets, trying to seize power), and the republic supporters, who hold the power.
— Libertarec (@Libertarec) July 9, 2020
Traditional Slovenian Hooker Proverb:
"I really don't care, do you?"
A wooden statue of First Tramp #FLOTITS was torched in her hometown in Slovenia, on 4th of July.
— Tomi T Ahonen (@tomiahonen) July 9, 2020
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