Digital Dose Wednesday- Artist Spoofs Trump

Alison Jackson is an artist who creates celebrity parodied works which are often offensive to the conservative viewers. In recent months some of Jackson’s works have gone viral on the Internet. Jackson recently shared her spoof photographs of Donald Trump despite the risk of being sued and after being cautioned by her attorneys against publishing the images. Some of these photographs are quite controversial and place Trump in scandalous compositions, which no book publisher wanted to publish and release. Although Vanity Fair and Mail Online have previewed a few works. No publisher has shown the most shocking and politically sensitive pictures including those where the Trump look-alike poses with Ku Klux Klan members. Due to these circumstances, Jackson has decided to self-publish the photographs and the book. Jackson’s previous works have included spoof pictures of the Royal Family, Tony Blair, and the Clintons.

Despite potential legal threats, Jackson may potentially face other problems. Artist Illma Gore recently received thousands of death threats after images of a nude Trump with a small penis went viral. The Los Angeles artist asked a gallery in London to sell the painting but was later threatened with legal action from an anonymous filing under the DMCA. The viral post has since been censored on social media sites and delisted from eBay.

Although other artistic commentaries including statements made by the cast of Hamilton musical to Saturday Night Live have already been criticized by Trump himself, Jackson further pushes the stakes but staging a piece of performance art through a fake presidential display in New York titled “The Trump.” It seems as though Jackson has decided to not compromise artistic expression notwithstanding threats of legal action.

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