Visitors to the iconic bull statue on Wall Street in Manhattan were greeted by some unusual additions to the monument on Monday morning. The statue, symbolizing the financial concept of a ‘bull market,’ was found covered in an assortment of colored adult toys, with a shirtless actor wearing a Vladimir Putin mask riding the bronze bull, dressed in a fashion comparable to an infamous set of photos of the Russian President riding a horse on vacation in Siberia in 2009.
The stand-in Putin was initially mistaken by some onlookers to be a mere figurine or mannequin, but it appears from additional photos of the scene that it was a flesh and blood performance artist or actor.
WARNING: The image below depicts graphic sex toys
NYPD just invited me into the 1st precinct on Monday to receive a summons for my work as Putin on the Wall Street Charging Bull. I assume that’s some kind of award? pic.twitter.com/lyohArOeJe
— Jeff Jetton (@JeffreyJetton) July 18, 2018
The spectacle arising the day after the summit meeting in Helsinki between President Donald Trump and President Putin possibly represents a completely new level of absolute derangement and mania from liberals obsessed with a series of conspiracy theories involving the Russian President and his supposed relationship to the American President.
A Washington D.C based restaurateur named Jeff Jetton has claimed responsibility for the display, stating that the New York City Police Department contacted him on Tuesday morning in regards to incident. Jetton maintained that the approximately 130 adult toys had been donated by an “adult entertainment” company for use in the prank. Speaking in a statement to the Huffington Post, he said that “anybody who tells you sex toys aren’t good tools of resistance has never had a bag of dicks and a little bit of ingenuity.”
Reports of the bizarre scene first surfaced on a Reddit thread, with some users expressing amazement and surprise that this sort of risque display could be constructed in an area of New York City constantly patrolled by police without the creator(s) being stopped from doing so. Some surmised that it was created with the tacit approval of the NYPD, and that the items used in doing so had been donated from a stash of police-seized property.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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