PARK SLOPE – Several statues have appeared throughout the borough showing President Trump on a small patch of grass with the term “Pee on Me.”
Gothamist reported the statues were found near the intersection of Union Street and 7th Avenue. A statue also appeared in front of the Prospect Park Entrance on Ninth Street but was thrown away.
The creator, Phil Gable, executive producer, and creative director at Porcupine Armadillo, told Gothamist “it was partly a public service.”
“[Dogs] need positive places to pee. If you reward them enough for peeing in appropriate places, that’s the best way to keep them from peeing in places that annoy people. So I sprayed the whole thing down with a dog potty-training aid to make it attractive to initial users,” Gable said.
Gable further told Gothamist that this creation was how he expressed himself and his “disdain for Donald Trump.” He said it was an attempt at humor — satire, you could call it.
When we asked Gable if the statues were indeed “too far,” he said, “I know some very straight-laced Democrats, some Trump supporters, have been offended on grounds of ‘going too far.’ They have a right to their opinions.”
“But when you look at what this President has said and done in public, and you look at his Twitter feed,” he said, “and you look at how his policies treat refugees, immigrants, foreign allies, women, religious minorities, law enforcement, people of color – actually anyone who isn’t related to him – is a pee joke about a President who may well be making some of his decisions just to hide footage of him watching someone else pee really going really ‘too far?’ I don’t think so.”
Regardless of what anyone thinks, Gable believes dogs peeing on powerful men is inherently funny.
“I think it’s great to live in a country where we have the freedom to express ourselves and the freedom to disagree,” he said. “I think it’s also high time we got dogs more involved in politics. I think they would do a better job than the current administration – they couldn’t do any worse.”
But whatever the reason to create these statues may be, it makes one wonder, is this really a step too far?