Uproar and Threats in Phoenix Over Anti-Trump Billboard:
“I got the opportunity to have a platform to say something, and I took that opportunity”
March 20, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
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On March 17, artist Karen Fiorito with the help of Hugh Gran put up two billboard posters on the 1000 block of Grand Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona, just in time for the four-day Art Detour event in downtown Phoenix. One side of the billboard depicts five hands of all races spelling out U N I T Y in sign language, while the other side depicts Trump with Nazi flag-esque money signs that resemble swastikas and mushroom cloud nuclear explosions going off behind him on both sides.
The Limited Liability Corporation, an organization in Phoenix that supports the art and artists, gave Karen Fiorito a platform to make a statement about the Trump regime. When asked about why she did the pieces, she explained to Fox 10 Arizona, “I got the opportunity to have a platform to say something, and I took that opportunity, and I take full responsibility for it,” and “There’s a lot of tension right now in the air, and I’m trying to express that for a lot of people who feel they don’t have a voice right now.” She expanded further that “I do feel like we are headed down a road of destruction,”... “So, that’s my expression and I think I have the right to say that, and they do believe me.”
Her Facebook page, “Karen Fiorito’s Art Page,” as well as the Facebook page for a Phoenix business “Kooky Kraft Shop” that helped share the images of the billboards. are under attack by Trump supporters. Death threats and other forms of harassment can be seen on both Facebook pages.
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