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Giant 'Trump Baby' to fly over London during US president visit

Discussion in 'The NF Café' started by Saishin, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Saishin Hajimemashite

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    A giant blimp depicting Donald Trump as a baby will fly over London during the US president's visit next week after mayor Sadiq Khan approved the request, protesters behind the stunt said Thursday.

    The 6-metre (19-foot) orange balloon, which shows the president wearing a nappy, will fly near parliament at a height of 30 metres between 9.30am and 11.30am local time.



    "The mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms," said a spokesperson for Khan, who has had frequent Twitter spats with the US leader.

    Activist Leo Murray from the group behind the protest credited a "huge groundswell of support" for Khan's decision, with more than 10,000 signing an online petition.

    "We didn't get off to the best start with the mayor's office over this, who originally told us that they didn't recognise 'Trump Baby' as legitimate protest," he told Sky News.

    "But following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humour. Trump Baby will fly!"

    Huge protests are expected when Trump visits Britain next week, where he will meet Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II.

     
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  2. Alwaysmind Lunesdi al vespre.

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    That’s kinda weird.
     
  3. Alwaysmind Lunesdi al vespre.

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    So what are the protesting Trump about? That he is visit? His policy on Brexit? Seems like the type of info you’d want to include in a news article.
     
  4. Drake WORK MAKES YOU FREE

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    This is certainly going to do wonders for the already strained relationship between Trump and his European allies
     
  5. Aduro Definitely not a villain.

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    Leo Murray is an environmentalist so it could relate to the whole climate change denial thing. But the artists who made the balloon are collectively anti-fascist in terms of ideology. But there are so many reasons why British people want to take the piss out of Trump. There will be a lot of different messages tied into the protests. Of course Khan himself is a Liberal member of the Labour Party and a Muslim who has integrated smoothly as any Muslim has into British society. So naturally he's got personal reasons to dislike Trump.

    I think the main intention is just to make it completely impossible for Trump to suggest that his visit the UK has been a success. There's no way this will be ignored by American news anchors or comedians. This will make it clear that the UK thinks that Trump is a moron and that the people who voted for him are morons.

    The special relationship shouldn't extend to stopping British people from taking part in a peaceful protest in a way that completely complies with the law.
    This isn't the NFL. Frankly maintaining a working political relationship with someone as amoral and mercurial as Trump doesn't sound appealing to people in Britain right now anyway. We have too many of our own nutjobs in cabinet right now.
     
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  6. Alwaysmind Lunesdi al vespre.

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    Don’t underestimate American media, they can easily ignore things that are in plain sight:
     
  7. Drake WORK MAKES YOU FREE

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    I never said it was illegal; they're free to do as they like. I just don't really see the point in antagonizing someone like Trump who gets easily offended, especially over things like this where it is just a big "fuck you" to Trump instead of espousing a specific policy message. The protest won't suddenly make Trump think, "Huh, I should be nicer to those British people," and it will instead make him think the exact opposite.
     
  8. Kiba's Slut Boy World's #1 Kiba Inuzuka Fanboy

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    This. This our Major.
    Absolutely pathetic :catprone
     
  9. Banhammer Banhammer Science

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    The baby has chest hair

    Ew
     
  10. Aduro Definitely not a villain.

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    It would be worse to let Trump pretend that other countries are endorsing him. His internal political opponents should be able to point out what a disaster he is for foreign policy. I think people want to make it clear to our own government and those in America that if accepting the special relationship means giving tacit approval to Trump's many flaws, we don't want any part of it. Then there's the fact that America's political opponents might be able to use a disastrous trip to Britain as a useful piece of criticism.

    If people argue that pissing off Trump will cause retaliation, well I'll point out that if we're too afraid of Trump to challenge him then that's already worse than anything he could actually accomplish. Trump generally just tries to write off satire rather than actually doing anything to stop it anyway. And he rarely has the ability to follow through on promises or threats.
     
  11. Le Male Absolu Well-Known Member

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    I agree that this move won't have any impact except satisfy those who hate Trump.
     
  12. wibisana still newbie

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    Pretty sad trump has so many controversial things that people overwhelmed by it.

    London muslim should have rally against Jerusalem embassy. But idk if we got this covered. I sure no longer care if Drump visit Indonesia soon.
     
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    Can't wait for the Tweet storm.
     
  14. Revan Reborn Redeemed

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    Look what politics have regressed to.
     
  15. Plexa Well-Known Member

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    There's a lot of austerity going on in the UK and the populace is getting very visibly upset about the government cutting investments in the social sector, health sector and welfare, while at the same time throwing money at the Royal Family and their own expenses, so using even more taxpayer money to welcome Trump, who many in the UK believe holds deeply anti-British (lol) values, is especially frustrating. I'm quite certain this is more a protest aimed at Theresa May than Donald Trump. However, it does hold the double-whammy of also ridiculing Trump for pretty much everything he's ever stood for. A huge amount of the UK really despises Trump. As I recall, calls to rescind Trump's state invitation were initially made when he instigated the travel ban, though it may have been another incident, I'm not sure.
     
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  17. San Juan Wolf They're even better when you're dead

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    You're allowed to make people you need to hate you and make an idiot of yourself in public.

    That doesn't mean you should. And if Sadikh "Get used to Terrorism" Khan thinks supporting this is in any way making him out to be anything but a screeching idealogue, he's quite wrong.
     
  18. Cardboard Tube Knight Best Girl Peach

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    And? Trump is a horrible piece of shit and any embarrassment caused to him is worth it. It's not like Trump has done anything to try and be a good ally to those in the EU. He's actively antagonized our oldest and closest allies and talks up dictators and enemies.
     
  19. San Juan Wolf They're even better when you're dead

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    Yes insult the visiting head of state and crucial strategic partner during his first visit, especially during tought political negotiations with your soon to be former partners.

    That's what a smart politician done do.
     
  20. EJ populist left

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    Man, San Juan Wolf stay with the slick caping for Trump.
     
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    Smart politicians also impose unwarrented tarrifs on political and economic allies.
     
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    Politician? This isn’t Khan flying the balloon, he merely did not forbid it, which is not synonymous with endorsing or supporting it.
     
  23. San Juan Wolf They're even better when you're dead

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    He approved it and if he did indeed have the option not to, then, given his previous anymosity towards Trump, this would very much be an endorsement.

    The thing if you won't make people reconsider these steps by insulting them.

    Doesn't usually get to get you on someone's good side.
     
  24. Plexa Well-Known Member

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    A politician shouldn't disallow the electorate's freedom to exercise their right to peaceful protest because of whether they personally agree with the message or not. I'm not saying that this protest doesn't align with Khan's personal interests or humours; but if the protest itself is within the UK's realms of free speech and peaceful assembly, then he really shouldn't be disapproving it.
     
  25. Cardboard Tube Knight Best Girl Peach

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    If the politician wasn’t a petty fucking child maybe he would be able to deal with something like this?

    They burned our last president in effigy on our own fucking soil. Trump can suck it up and be a fucking adult about this.
     
  26. San Juan Wolf They're even better when you're dead

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    What ?
     
  27. GRIMMM 心渡

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    This logic is bad and you should feel bad.
     
  28. Cardboard Tube Knight Best Girl Peach

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    Did I fucking stutter?

     
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  29. San Juan Wolf They're even better when you're dead

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    No I asked a question in a civil manner.
     
  30. Aduro Definitely not a villain.

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    • You don't get to change a politician's actions without criticism.
    • People want Trump to tone down the fascism.
    • These people chose to criticise Trump through parody. ie a balloon referring him to a giant baby to show how badly is ego is affecting the USA's image abroad.
    • It goes badly when politicians stomp down on protests just because it could make politicians look bad or embarass them.
    • Doing so would be an outright violation of their freedom of speech.
     
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