Artist’s Portrait of Trump with Tiny Endowment Censored on Facebook

This instance of censorship arrives just days after the latest Republican debate.

Illma Gore, Make America Great Again, 2016.Photo: courtesy the artist.
Illma Gore, Make America Great Again, 2016.
Photo: courtesy the artist.

“You can be a massive prick, despite what’s in your pants,” says Los Angeles artist Illma Gore. The artist’s nude pastel portrait of Donald Trump with tiny genitals, titled Make America Great Again in reference to Trump’s campaign slogan, has gotten Gore banned from Facebook, Motherboard reports, adding that the latest ban, instated Monday, is just the latest one.

Make America Great Again was created to evoke a reaction from its audience, good or bad, about the significance we place on our physical selves,” writes Gore, who self-identifies as a “gender-fluid futurist,” stating “your genitals do not define your gender, your power, or your status.”

Even an image with a black bar over the Donald’s crotch is apparently too racy for Facebook’s community standards. Masochists can view the uncensored version here.

As it happens, though Gore first posted the image in February, the latest instance of Facebook censorship comes just days after a debate among Republican contenders for the presidency in which Trump defended the size of his manhood against insinuations from Florida senator Marco Rubio.

“I don’t understand why his hands are the size of someone who is five foot two,” Rubio said of the New York real estate developer. “And you know what they say about men with small hands?” he said, pausing to let the jab sink in before concluding, “You can’t trust ‘em.”

At a March 3 debate on Fox News, Trump rebutted Rubio.

“‘If they’re small, something else must be small,’” he said, paraphrasing Rubio. “I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee you.”

This all goes back to Spy magazine’s epithet for Trump. Spy’s editors, Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen, called him a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the January/February 1988 issue. ” I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby,” Carter writes in his November 2015 editor’s letter for Vanity Fair.


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