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Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:30 PM

U.S. first lady Melania Trump statue set on fire in Slovenia

Source: Reuters

July 8, 2020 / 3:23 PM / Updated 2 hours ago




Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, told Reuters he had the life-sized blackened, disfigured sculpture removed as soon as police informed him on July 5th of the incident.

“I want to know why they did it,” said Downey, who had hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States, highlighting Melania Trump’s status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration.

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Although the statue’s face was rough-hewn and unrecognizable prior to the fire, the figure was painted with a pale blue wraparound coat resembling the one Melania Trump wore at the swearing in of her husband U.S. President Donald Trump.



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In January, a large wooden statue resembling Donald Trump, designed by a local artist last year, was burnt in Slovenia’s city of Moravce, east of the capital Ljubljana.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-slovenia-melania-trump-sculpture/u-s-first-lady-melania-trump-statue-set-on-fire-in-slovenia-idUSKBN24933K






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ROZNO, Slovenia (Reuters) - A wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on the night of July Fourth, as Americans celebrated U.S. Independence Day, said the artist who commissioned the sculpture.
FILE PHOTO: A life-sized wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump is officially unveiled in Rozno, near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY/File Photo

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Reply U.S. first lady Melania Trump statue set on fire in Slovenia (Original post)
riversedge Jul 8 OP
groundloop Jul 8 #1
lagomorph777 Jul 9 #19
LiberalLovinLug Jul 9 #22
IronLionZion Jul 8 #2
wnylib Jul 8 #3
slumcamper Jul 8 #4
Warpy Jul 8 #5
mountain grammy Jul 8 #6
Freedomofspeech Jul 8 #7
iluvtennis Jul 8 #8
LeftInTX Jul 9 #9
Marie Marie Jul 9 #10
milestogo Jul 9 #11
lagomorph777 Jul 9 #20
Blue Owl Jul 9 #12
truthisfreedom Jul 9 #13
LeftInTX Jul 9 #14
NurseJackie Jul 9 #16
Doreen Jul 9 #15
NurseJackie Jul 9 #17
llmart Jul 9 #18
CRK7376 Jul 9 #21

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:45 PM

1. " hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States"

I get that the artist had altruistic goals with the statue, but Melanoma's husband has created such a toxic social environment that dialogue isn't possible right now.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 10:10 AM

19. I think he got his dialog.

But may I say that statue is way uglier than even the real Melanoma?

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #19)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 02:10 PM

22. Not on the inside

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:00 PM

2. You can't erase history

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:05 PM

3. Uh-oh. Benedict Donald will hunt down

whoever did it and prosecute for murder by proxy.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:07 PM

4. I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U?

IMHO, she deserves a much worse fate.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:11 PM

5. It was more of a passionate political commentary than he hoped for

Seems a little extreme to me, I can see barbecuing her rotten husband's statuary to the point only a fetid black lump is left, but it seems excessive to do it to a trophy wife.

I guess her retirement plans no longer include going home.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:48 PM

6. hahaha

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:49 PM

7. I swear that I haven't left the country...

But if I had.😁

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:56 PM

8. Good. Anyone who supports kids in cages deserves to have

their statue burned.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 12:23 AM

9. Ugly statue!!

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 12:36 AM

10. They really captured her personality.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 01:03 AM

11. Especially her miserable facial expression.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 10:11 AM

20. Just a hacked up tree stump.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 01:30 AM

12. Another confederate monument bites the dust

womp womp...

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 01:37 AM

13. Is that a before or after picture?

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 01:41 AM

14. LOL - I think it's before!!

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 07:40 AM

16. Haaaaa!

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 01:56 AM

15. What really sucks about burning the statue is the fact I did not get to see it happen.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 07:46 AM

17. Someone could commission the sculptor Dave Poulin to create a statue of Melanie...

Here's an example of one of his recent works that got a lot of attention:

https://time.com/4442285/lucille-ball-statue-scary-lucy/



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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 10:06 AM

18. Probably a very real depiction of...

what she looked like before all the plastic surgery.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 10:25 AM

21. Burn Baby Burn

such a lovely resemblance to that cider coal 1st lady. Chain immigration hussy.

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