Soon after naked statues of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump found their way across the United States, it’s now Hillary Clinton’s turn. The residents of lower Manhattan woke up to find a shocking nude statue of Hillary Clinton on a fine Tuesday morning as they were rushing to offices.
It seems, the fever of presidential elections, has provided a new inspiration for artists to come up with nude statues of the candidates, as the race seems to be getting uglier.
According to a local news station NY1, a mysterious sculpture of a naked Hillary Clinton near a subway station caused a commotion in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday morning.
The Democratic nominee was depicted with an open blouse, white panties and demon-like goat legs, and standing on what appeared to be printouts of emails. The statue also featured a Wall Street banker pressed against her left breast, it said.
A supporter of Ms. Clinton knocked down the satyr-like statue and broke off parts of it — plopping down on it, while the artist and a male supporter tried to save it, another report said.
She called the police, who told the unnamed artist to move it. The statue was gone within one and a half hours of its appearance, witnesses reportedly said.
The NY1 quoted Zachary Cedarbaum, who said he represented the artistes who made the Clinton caricature, as saying that the statue was named as “The Empress Has No Shame”.
“We’re trying to fight for the right to have the government of the people by the people for the people. Instead of, of the banks, by the banks, for the banks,” Cedarbaum reportedly said.
The whole episode has sparked off a debate on political ethics and freedom of expression.
“Liberal 1st Amendment 101: Naked Trump statue = Protected speech. Naked Hillary statue = Unprotected speech because obscene, and offensive,” tweeted immigration lawyer Matthew Kolken, according to a report.
On August 18, a Trump’s naked statue had appeared in Union Square Park and it got a markedly different reaction. It stood for hours till the afternoon before city workers finally removed it.