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    特朗普寶寶氣球從哪來?

    Richard Morgan 2019年06月12日

    特朗普寶寶氣球已經世界聞名,一家博物館欲收藏。

    一眼看上去,就可以看到這個氣球橙色的皮膚,小小的手,還有一縷波浪狀的琥珀色卷發。盡管胸部明顯覆蓋著胸毛,但讓唐納德·特朗普——這位所謂的“自由世界領導者”——穿著尿褲,無疑讓嘲弄感進一步升級。特朗普寶寶的右手抓著手機,就像是抓著撥浪鼓或者安撫奶嘴。

    但臉部才是最吸引眼球的:曬斑和咆哮。

    “我們想創造一根刺;一些可以刺破他的自我的東西。”馬克斯·韋克菲爾德說,他領導著一群自稱“保姆”的人,這十幾個英國人看管著若干被稱為特朗普寶寶的卡通氣球。這些氣球有時也稱為飛艇,它們已經飛過了布宜諾斯艾利斯、都柏林和巴黎——放了氣之后它們可以輕松裝進行李箱——飛在空中,怒視著聚集在一起抗議真正特朗普的人群。還有一個地面版本,一半大小,稱為小號特朗普寶寶。

    “最初的設計是他在哭鬧,在使性子發脾氣。”韋克菲爾德說,“但后來我們決定用這種吹胡子瞪眼的憤怒表情取而代之。”

    特朗普寶寶的創造者們在2018年想出了這個點子。韋克菲爾德告訴《財富》雜志,他們在萊斯特的Imagine Inflatables找到了有意向的合作伙伴,眾籌了16,000英鎊的本金(約合24,000美元),創造了這些20英尺高的挑釁氣球。(天哪,英國人,看看那個小飛艇:特朗普寶寶有支持者啦。)今年,特朗普寶寶的創造者們表示,除非可以籌集30,000英鎊用于慈善事業,否則不會再讓這些氣球升空。韋克菲爾德說,他們最后三天從17,000英鎊籌夠了這個數,最后總共籌款37,000英鎊。

    特朗普上周對英國的國事訪問沒有受到真正意義的紅毯禮遇——沒有金色馬車,也沒有在白金漢宮過夜,此次訪問最引人注目的時刻之一是Sky News的推廣。這則廣告十分簡明:倫敦上空的陰影越來越大,一行字幕出現:“他回來了”,還有一個鏡頭——卻并非是現任美國總統,而是他聲名遠揚的氣球肖像。

    倫敦博物館記錄了這座城市從公元前45萬年到今天的歷史,如今的特拉法加廣場那時還到處是河馬,今天,這座博物館正在努力達成收藏特朗普寶寶的協議。

    倫敦博物館的發言人埃米莉·布蕾齊告訴《財富》雜志,現在這個聲名遠揚的氣球是“一個符號,在近期倫敦歷史上一個有爭議的時刻體現了公眾的情緒。”她補充道,按照計劃,它將永久成為博物館大量抗議類收藏品中的一部分,其中包括婦女投票權運動的文物、氣候變化集會的物品以及布萊恩·霍爾的帳篷——這位和平運動者從2001年9月11日恐怖襲擊前到2011年去世前一直住在國會廣場上。

    但是,如果沒有點戲劇天賦,就不會有任何特朗普式的事件發生。上周,作為反抗議之舉,一名女性用尖銳物刺破了小號氣球,同時高喊這個氣球是“恥辱”,特朗普“是有史以來最好的總統。”(她很快遭到逮捕。)與此同時,全尺寸版氣球正在前往都柏林的途中,也有報道說大號氣球也被刺破了。“假新聞。”特朗普寶寶的創造者不屑地發了推特。

    除非真正的特朗普下臺,否則特朗普寶寶的生命至少可以維持到2021年1月,屆時下一任美國總統將就任。對于倫敦博物館而言,這是個好消息,因為要搬遷,該館在2024年之前都無法展出氣球,離特朗普連任后的任期十分接近。

    韋克菲爾德相信他的特朗普寶寶氣球不會迅速在人們的腦海中消失。他說,畢竟“無論是氣球還是真人,他們都希望能出現在公眾面前。”(財富中文網)

    譯者:Agatha

    The balloon’s form begins with orange skin, small hands, and an amber wave of mane. It escalates the mockery by placing Donald Trump—the ostensible leader of the free world—in a diaper, despite a noticeable thatch of chest hair. The right hand clutches a mobile phone as if it were a rattle or pacifier.

    But it’s really about the face: tan-splotched and snarling.

    “We wanted a prick; that is, something to prick his ego,” says Max Wakefield, a leader of self-ascribed “babysitters,” the dozen or so Brits who maintain several inflatable caricatures known as Trump Baby. The blimps, as they’re sometimes called, have traveled to Buenos Aires, Dublin, and Paris—a deflated one folds comfortably into a suitcase—to scowl and soar over rallies protesting the real Trump. There is a half-sized version for ground protests called Baby Trump Baby.

    “He was originally crying, having a real tantrum,” Wakefield says. “But we replaced that with this enraged grimace.”

    Baby Trump’s makers conceived of the balloon in 2018. They crowdfunded the £16,000 cost, or approx. $24,000, after finding a willing partner in Imagine Inflatables of Leicester to build the 20-foot provocation, Wakefield tells Fortune. (Oh my God, Britain, look at that blimp: Baby got backing.) This year, its makers said they wouldn’t return the balloon to the skies unless they could raise £30,000 for charity. They zoomed from £17,000 to their threshold in the final three days, Wakefield says, eventually reaching £37,000.

    During last week’s state visit to the United Kingdom in which Trump literally did not receive the red-carpet treatment—no golden carriage, no overnight stay at Buckingham Palace—one of the splashiest moments was a promotion for the trip on Sky News. The ad is simple: a growing shadow over London, the line “He’s back”—and a shot not of the sitting U.S. president, but of his infamous balloon effigy.

    The Museum of London, which chronicles the city as far back as 450,000 BC, when hippos filled what is now Trafalgar Square, has now come full circle by working to strike a deal to acquire Trump Baby.

    Emily Brazee, a Museum of London spokesperson, tells Fortune that the now-infamous balloon is “a recent symbol embodying public sentiment at a controversial moment in the capital’s history.” It is planned to be a permanent part of the museum’s extensive protest collection, she adds, which includes artifacts from the Suffragette movement, climate change rallies, and the tent of Brian Haw, a peace activist who lived at Parliament Square from 2001—before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks—until his death in 2011.

    But nothing Trumpian happens without a flair for theatrics. Last week, in an act of counter-protest, a woman punctured the miniature balloon with a sharp object while shouting that the balloon was “a disgrace” and that Trump “is the best president ever.” (She was quickly arrested.) The full-size version meanwhile proceeded to Dublin amid reports that the larger balloon had been impaled. “Fake news,” Baby Trump’s makers defiantly tweeted.

    Barring the real Trump’s departure from the Oval Office, Trump Baby has life left in it at least until January 2021, when the next U.S. president is inaugurated. For the Museum of London, that’s good news—in the midst of a major relocation, it won’t be able to exhibit the balloon until 2024, the very latest Trump could last in office upon reelection.

    Wakefield is confident that his Baby Trump balloon won’t disappear in people’s minds anytime soon. After all, he says, “they both want to be on display.”

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