Fe­ces, swastikas for Trump at Mex­ico Car­i­ca­ture Mu­seum

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

MEX­ICO CITY: His golden hair twists into smelly, fly-in­fested ex­cre­ment. In other car­toons, his trade­mark locks are shaped into a tongue or a wall. His sil­hou­ette also serves as Adolf Hitler’s mus­tache. Don­ald Trump has been such a well of in­spi­ra­tion for car­toon­ists that a gallery is ded­i­cated to the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date at Mex­ico City’s Car­i­ca­ture Mu­seum. The ex­hibit’s ti­tle takes aim at Trump’s threat to make Mex­ico pay for a gi­ant bar­rier across the border: “Trump: A Wall of Car­toons.”

By call­ing Mex­i­can mi­grants crim­i­nals and rapists, and vow­ing to de­port mil­lions back to their home­land, he has in­spired a plethora of car­toon­ists from Mex­ico and other na­tions who con­trib­uted to the ex­hibit. Other Mex­i­cans have vented their anger by bash­ing pinatas of his like­ness or burn­ing his ef­figy. Among the car­toon­ists, there are some re­cur­ring themes: the bouf­fant hair, brick walls, fresh fe­ces and Nazi sym­bols.

One by the Mex­i­can artist An­to­nio Ro­driguez Gar­cia shows the Repub­li­can Party’s sym­bol-a red and blue ele­phant-defe­cat­ing dung shaped like Trump’s un­mis­tak­able hairdo. Another signed Ro­driguez shows Trump as Un­cle Sam point­ing his fin­ger, with the phrase “I hate you” in­stead of the fa­mous “I want you” mes­sage of the mil­i­tary re­cruit­ment poster. In a sim­i­lar far-right vein, the Span­ish car­toon­ist Jose Ru­bio Malagon drew Trump’s hair into the shape of a hand do­ing a fas­cist salute. Bel­gium’s Luc Descheemaeker, or OSekoer, drew Hitler’s own dis­tinc­tive hair­cut and small mus­tache, which, if you look closer, is Trump’s sil­hou­ette. Oth­ers were less sub­tle, de­pict­ing Trump as a go­rilla wear­ing a swastika arm­band or as a Hitler fig­ure with blond hair.

‘In­vol­un­tary comic char­ac­ter’

The car­toon­ist be­hind the ex­hibit is Ar­turo Kem­chs, who as pres­i­dent of the Ibero-Amer­i­can Union of Graphic Hu­morists had re­quested con­tri­bu­tions from his peers for a book on Trump a few months ago. He re­ceived hun­dreds of car­toons and fit 350 of them in the book, of which 2,000 copies were sold. The idea for the ex­hibit, which be­gan Oc­to­ber 13, came af­ter the book.

“It’s a char­ac­ter who made our work eas­ier,” Kem­chs, 57, told AFP. “He’s an in­vol­un­tar­ily com­i­cal char­ac­ter.” “This char­ac­ter has taken over spa­ces in the sense that some car­toon­ists no longer do car­i­ca­tures of Mex­i­can politi­cians. They go with the Don­ald Trump theme be­cause he gives us a lot of ma­te­rial,” he said. Kem­chs shows two of his Trump car­toons: one with a brick wall re­plac­ing Trump’s hair, the other with his crest shaped like a tongue. “I picked the tongue pre­cisely be­cause of his abil­ity to talk and talk non­sense,” he said.

‘You build it’

The ex­hibit will go on tour in two other Mex­i­can cities, Chicago, New York, Panama and Colom­bia. Mean­while in Mex­ico City, lo­cals and tourists mar­veled at the car­toons this week. Saki Kameo, a 21-year-old woman from Kobe, Ja­pan who is study­ing Span­ish in Mex­ico, had her fa­vorite: a Rus­sian nest­ing doll of Trump over Hitler, North Korean strong­man Kim Jong-Un and Italy’s Ben­ito Mus­solini. “There is a his­toric base for racism and that’s why now there’s Trump. It’s not ac­ci­den­tal that he has ap­peared,” Kameo said. Luis An­to­nio Eng­fui Amaya, a Mex­i­can cashier at a sushi restau­rant, liked a car­toon of a Mex­i­can imag­in­ing him­self whip­ping Trump as the real es­tate ty­coon ap­plies ce­ment to a brick wall. “It’s as if the Mex­i­can cit­i­zen is telling him, ‘you want your wall, you build it,’” Eng­fui said with a smile. —AFP

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