Saying stupid things is part of our human nature, and we are all guilty of having opened our mouths before fully engaging our brains. However, for some, the guilt is infinitely higher than others – here’s looking at you, President Donald Trump.
The 45th President of the United States is renowned for his big mouth (and big thumbs, despite his very tiny hands, if his Twitter timeline is anything to go by), which has found him in some rather hot water on more than one occasion. After all, how could we forget his now-iconic “locker room talk” with Billy Bush, in which he shockingly bragged about taking advantage of women because “when you’re a star, they let you do it.” That particular exchange, in which he also boasted of sexually assaulting women (“grab them by the p*ssy”), threatened to end his presidential race. However, the world underestimated the power of the 71-year-old businessman, who was able to bounce back from the scandal with more vigor than Hillary Clinton’s undelivered emails. Throughout Trump’s presidential campaign, his past often came back to haunt him, from the time he claimed Barack Obama was an illegal immigrant born in Kenya (“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”), to his continued disregard for global warming (“It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”). The endless reel of material unintentionally supplied by Trump (“I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke”) has inspired many artists across the world to get creative. But, none have taken it to quite the same extreme as 18-year-old student, Aria Watson. The Clatsop Community College student has garnered the attention of the mass media after her photo project centered around Trump’s most outrageous quotes went viral. Her photographs show naked female models marked with Trump quotes in block capitals. The series of images aren’t shy, but then again, neither are the quotes that inspired them.
“The election was going on at the time, and I felt very strongly about the candidates and their views, so I decided to mix my political opinions with my photography,” Waston told BuzzFeed.
“I never really cared for or understood politics, but this year was different,” she said. “Although I was two weeks too young to actually vote, I was old enough to see what was happening and learn about it.”
“When Trump beat Clinton, my heart shattered,” the Oregon based student said. “I knew I had to create something different.”
“All I wanted from these photos was to help people realize who Donald Trump really is, and I just want to feel heard. I know most people are set on their opinions about Trump, but I just hope one person sees ‘#SignedByTrump’ and it opens their eyes.”
Originally, Watson posted the pictures to Facebook and Instagram, but due to their graphic nature, they were removed. Intent on showcasing her work she uploaded them to Tumblr where they quickly gained a lot of attention. She was completely blown away by the reception her shoot received. “Over the past few days, I’ve gotten messages that have brought me to tears,” she said. “To everyone who has supported me and #SignedByTrump, don’t let anyone silence you. Don’t be afraid to speak up about what you are passionate about.” “I don’t know why Donald Trump is in office, or how this even happened, but he is. What we need more than ever is to come together. We are stronger together,” she concluded. What do you think of her photographs? Have they inspired you, or do you think they miss the mark?