Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Friday, May 06, 2016

Street Artist Likens Trump To Hitler, Gets Death Threats

Street artist Pegasus says he won’t be censored, despite receiving death threats from Donald Trump supporters over a piece that likens the presumptive GOP presidential candidate to Adolf Hitler.

He told The Huffington Post via email that dozens of menacing telephone calls have been made to his manager in recent days.

Some people have threatened to stab, kidnap or gun him down.

Others have vowed to sabotage his upcoming show in Los Angeles, where he is planning to exhibit a version of the piece he initially painted on the side of a pub in Bristol, England, in February.

A few have reportedly promised that when Trump becomes president, Pegasus will be stripped of his U.S. citizenship and deported.

But the street artist, who is from Chicago but now lives in London, said he won’t be silenced. And he’s promised that the second stop of his “Gods & Monsters“ tour at Artists Corner will still go ahead on Oct. 1 — with the Hitler/Trump piece included.

“I have the best security team on the night,” he told HuffPost. “I will never give in to fear mongering, nor will I ever be censored. I am American and I believe in freedom of speech and artistic freedom of expression.”

“I have endlessly stated my opinions on Trump and all I have left to say is the man is a tyrant,” Pegasus added.

He told Mashable that the Los Angeles Police Department had been “very supportive“ over the threats and that uniformed cops would attend the event.

The Huffington Post has reached out to the LAPD for further comment.

Leonard Villa, Pegasus’ manager, told Mashable the situation was “quite frightening really,” adding, “I think people must be really obsessed with Donald.”

Original Article
Author:  Lee Moran

No comments:

Post a Comment