‘Icky Trump’: White Stripes T-shirt is latest artwork to condemn Republican

Band uses lyrics to Icky Thump, which address immigration, as they join list of artists targeting the businessman through music, painting and sculpture

Among the coalition of artists denouncing Donald Trump, the White Stripes went one step further this week by creating a T-shirt targeting the Republican nominee.

The front of the shirt reads Icky Trump, a play on their song Icky Thump, while the back features searing lyrics from the track , White Americans? What? Nothing better to do? Why dont you kick yourself out? Youre an immigrant too.

The release of the shirt comes a few days after the White Stripes released a statement expressing outrage that Donald Trump had used their music for his campaign video.

The White Stripes join a long list of artists, writers, and musicians that have made some form of protest art targeting the Republican presidential nominee this election cycle.

White Stripes release shirt targeted at Donald Trump

Artists have been galvanized in their opposition to Donald Trump, evidenced most clearly by the range of anti-Trump groups that have emerged. Celebrities have lent their names to groups such as United Against Trump, #StopHatredDumpTrump, and 450 American writers signed a petition against Trump. Two weeks ago, actors including Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo, among many others, made a video imploring people to register to vote to make sure Trump does not get elected.

Don Cheadle described Trump as a a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society.

Several artists have also penned songs targeting Trump. The Mexican American singer Becky G released We are Mexico in response to Donald Trumps inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants in the US.

Becky Gs song We Are Mexico, targeting Trump.

Many examples of visual protest art have emerged since Trump announced his candidacy. Naked depictions of Trump have been a recurring theme. Los Angeles-based artist Illma Gore made a nude painting of Trump, whose penis size was discussed during the Republican primary season.

The pencil illustration, titled Make America Great, received a huge response; the artist was even suspended from Facebook for posting the painting. She said she later received threats of legal action and death threats, and a Trump supporter reportedly punched her in the face.


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Painting of a naked Donald Trump by the artist Illma Gore. Photograph: Courtesy of Illma Gore

Nude statues of Trump were erected in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle in August and instantly captured the publics attention. The statues show Trump wearing a grim expression and portrayed with saggy features and missing testicles. The artist responsible said the statues, named The Emperor has No Balls, were meant to humiliate Trump while highlighting his authoritarian tendencies. The statues, however, received criticism for body shaming.


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Trumps star on the Hollywood Boulevard has been targeted by artists several times during this election cycle. The Norwegian street artist Pbel released a video of himself spray-painting a mute symbol on Trumps star on Hollywood Boulevard.

Video of artist spraying mute symbol on Trumps Hollywood star.

Former Def Jam Records CEO Russell Simmons is among the celebrities to have penned an open letter to Trump, in which he called Trump a longtime friend and implored him to stop the bullsh*t.

YG and Nipsey Hussles Fuck Donald Trump is probably the most pointed of all when it comes to Trump protest music. YG recently invited fans onstage at his concert to smash a Trump piata.

However, YGs label censored certain lines from the song, leaving awkward gaps in the rap. Lines such as Surprised El Chapo aint try to snipe you were blocked by his label.

Fans beating a Donald Trump piata at YG concert

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/09/icky-trump-white-stripes-music-russell-simmons

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