Video shows tus­sle over naked Hil­lary statue

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Jake Pear­son

A statue of a top­less, hoofed Hil­lary Clin­ton ap­peared out­side a sub­way sta­tion Tues­day, prompt­ing a tus­sle af­ter one woman pur­posely knocked it down and sat on it to pre­vent oth­ers from pick­ing it back up.

The dis­play marked the sec­ond time a life-size, ex­ag­ger­ated de­pic­tion of a naked pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee has sur­faced out­side a Man­hat­tan sub­way stop dur­ing the gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign. In Au­gust, an artist’s statue of an un­clothed Don­ald Trump was even­tu­ally hauled away by city work­ers.

But the crowd’s reaction to the naked Clin­ton was markedly dif­fer­ent from that to the Trump statue, when a largely jovial group of on­look­ers took photos of it and posed for self­ies. Some parts of the portly Trump’s gen­i­talia were vis­i­ble in that statue.

On Tues­day, a woman can be seen on video taken by a re­porter for the New York Daily News drag­ging the life-size struc­ture of the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee to the ground, stomp­ing on it and even sit­ting on top of it to pre­vent a man from stand­ing it back up again.

“We shouldn’t be treated this way. Pe­riod,” an­other woman can be heard say­ing in the video.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear who cre­ated the Clin­ton statue. An ac­tivist collective called IN­DE­CLINE was be­hind the naked Trump statue but said in a state­ment that it had no role in the Clin­ton one.

A po­lice spokesman said the Clin­ton statue was even­tu­ally re­moved by who­ever brought it to lower Man­hat­tan, and no sum­monses or tick­ets were is­sued.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Demo­cratic Mayor Bill de Bla­sio, a Clin­ton sup­porter, haven’t re­sponded to ques­tions about the statue. In Au­gust, a spokesman for the parks depart­ment is­sued a tongue-and-cheek state­ment in ex­plain­ing that the statue of the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee was re­moved be­cause it was be­ing dis­played with­out a per­mit.

“NYC Parks stands firmly against any un­per­mit­ted erec­tion in city parks, no mat­ter how small,” spokesman Sam Bie­der­man said then.

The Clin­ton cam­paign didn’t re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Carin Kuoni, a pro­fes­sor of con­tem­po­rary art and po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment at The New School, said the Clin­ton statue could be seen as of­fen­sive rather than satir­i­cal since women have been de­fined for years in cul­ture, me­dia and pol­i­tics by how they look.

“The his­tory of how the fe­male body ap­pears has clearly been so neg­a­tively coded and in­scribed that it makes for a com­pletely dif­fer­ent in­ter­ven­tion when you see the sculp­ture of a naked woman than when you see a naked man,” she said.

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