A controversial Donald Trump billboard in Phoenix, Arizona, has caused the artist to get death threats for how she has depicted President Trump. The artistic billboard with an anti-Trump message, created by California-based artist, Karen Fiorito, depicts Donald Trump in a suit, with a red-tinted background, showing swastika signs converted to dollar symbols, and two nuclear mushroom clouds on either side of him.
The Arizona Republic newspaper reported that the artist “was commissioned by a Phoenix art gallery to create an artwork that commented on President Trump.” The work was commissioned by “Beatrice Moore, a longtime patron of the arts in Phoenix.” The controversial billboard depicting Donald Trump went up on Friday to coincide with the opening of a local arts festival, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
For a lapel pin, Fiorito did not paint Donald Trump wearing an American flag pin. Instead, she painted the lapel pin with a Russian flag on it. According to U.S. News & World Report, one side of the billboard has the word “Unity,” on it. Fiorito included five hands spelling out the word in sign language.
Fiorito told them she has been called a communist and a Satan worshiper. She said she has also been called a “very, very sick person.” She added that she has not been answering the phone, but her husband has, “because he’s not afraid to talk to anyone.”
Continuing, Fiorito said her husband told her that he had received a couple of death threats, that they were coming to get them. The billboard went up on Friday, and the artist and her husband started to receive death threats on Saturday morning.
Both Moore, who commissioned the work, and the artist of the Donald Trump billboard in Phoenix, Arizona, Fiorito, have said they hope people will express their opinions in a safe way and that no harm will come to anyone.
Another billboard Fiorito painted in 2004 also drew death threats. It depicted President George W. Bush and called him a liar. The billboard reportedly overlooks a Phoenix highway.
On Friday, a painting of President Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona, by California artist, Karen Fiorito, caused her and her husband to start receiving death threats by Saturday morning. Unless a painting depicts the prophet Muhammad, it is rare that it is controversial enough to provoke death threats, but Trump supporters apparently disliked Fiorito’s representation of Trump so much they have threatened the life of the artist who painted the Arizona billboard.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Karen Fiorito/Facebook