For some, it could be "president". But in today's troubling news cycle, others – like the Brooklyn artist Adam Ellis – fight to choose between "rapist" and "racist".
Since the 1970s, more than 20 women have accused the president of the sexual misconduct – including the one who claims Trump she raped her when she was 13 years old at a party hosted by registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Now that Epstein back in the news faced with accusations of child sex trafficking, discussions about Trump's past accusers have resumed.
In recent discussions on Trump's links with Epstein, the president has also been criticized for writing a series of in which he asked the women of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congress, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley to return to "totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came".
It's a deeply divided period for America, so Ellis has felt compelled to share an old cartoon – a Scrabble painting that protests against Trump with a powerful double-meaning.
The cartoon from the Ellis Scrabble board contains the phrase "Trump is a ra_ist", as well as two tiles, the letters C and P, that can be used to win a Triple Word Score.
"Both are working," the 32-year-old artist has captioned his cartoon on Instagram, suggesting that Trump is both a rapist and a racist. But as mentioned earlier, even though the artwork is timely, it's not new.
"I actually did the Trump cartoon in January 2017, ten days after it was inaugurated," Ellis explained in an e-mail. "Like many people, I've been shocked and upset by the election results, and creating documents is the only real way to handle things."
Although not all of Ellis's art is political, I noticed that with 1.4 million followers on Instagram, he felt it was "irresponsible" for him to deal with big political and social issues right from the start. that they present themselves.
"There are powerful people who make laws that actively harm a large part of the population," said Ellis. said
Since the comic was reposted on Instagram on June 22, he has acquired over 340,000 likes and new virality. This has also inspired other artists, such as 45-year-old Michael Schneider, to share original takes to the prompt to complete.
Schneider, an artist based in Portland, Oregon, recreated the piece using his characteristic style of bright colors and balloon letters. It's been only two days since I shared the message on Instagram, but it has already received over 42,000 "likes".
"I started using the balloons because they felt colorful and whimsical, which was ironic for some more serious messages than others," Schneider said in an email. He also explained that he felt compelled to share Ellis's message because "many people, especially women and members of marginalized communities, feel particularly targeted and isolated at this time."
"Although I am happy that many people resonate with this, it is that we must create this type of art."
Schneider believes that "whoever has the privilege should make his voice heard against this fascist, sexist and racist president" and wants to help raise awareness of the seriousness of the current political climate in America.
Ellis added that in addition to Schneider, he had seen a lot of people make their own variations of his comment on Scrabble, which he liked a lot. But he wants everyone to know that his comic strip was inspired by someone else.
"My original comic was influenced by a sign that I saw at the 2017 edition Women's march, that I put it in context and that I added the angle of Scrabble, "said Ellis, I made an effort to find the stranger who was holding the panel via Twitter in the hope of crediting it but his research did not succeed.
"I'd always like to find her, and her credit, if possible," Ellis repeated. So, if this artwork reminds you of your sign of the 2017 Women's Walk, consider talking to her.
if anyone knows the sign I am referring to, I would like to credit it !!
– Adam Ellis (ಥ﹏ಥ) (@moby_dickhead) February 2, 2017
In the end, Ellis's comic strip has been circulating on social media for two and a half years. He therefore thinks that sharing it is simply an act of "performative standby".
"It's as if we knew that he was a rapist, a racist, a liar and a criminal." What I'm going to do about it when I did the comic in 2017, I'm Angry and helpless, drawing was the only thing that kept me healthy, but we need to do more now, "he said.
"Posting a political message on Instagram is literally the simplest form of protest and activism," I said. "I do not want to give too much importance to my comics," Ellis said. "I hope that my art helps people feel less alone, keeps them angry, passionate about them and engages them in politics, but also encourages them to create their own art and get involved in them." social issues. "
Schneider has the same feeling about his work, but noted that the publication's popularity is definitely bitter-sweet.
"Even though I'm glad a lot of people are resonating with that, it's that we need that kind of art," Schneider said.
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