In campaigns for the U.S. presidency, candidates can't control who endorses them. It's a free country, after all. So when, say, former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who has befriended North Korean dictator Kim Jon-un, favors Trump, the candidate can't be faulted. But when support comes directly from Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who threatens "confrontation" with the U.S. if Hillary Clinton continues to use “harsh rhetoric” against him, the stand-up thing for Trump to do is object to that foreign power menacing his country.
Look who’s calling who unsuitable
Too bad Clinton can’t speak out against support from artist Jeff Koons, who made the news last week when he announced he was endorsing her, saying that Trump was “not suitable.” When it comes to attitudes toward women, Koons is a Trump doppelganger, except his derisions occur in paint.
How else to see his picture “Silver Shoes,” which shows him hoisting the legs of Italian porn star Cicciolina, wearing only her shoes, high in the air pointedly to expose her vagina? For that matter, how else to view his painting “Blow Job,” which shows Cicciolina in bottomless lingerie cradling Koons’ penis with her tongue? Such works are part of a series he calls “Made in Heaven.”
Famed feminist Germaine Greer comes to mind when she said that women have little idea of how men hate them. Apparently men have little idea of this, as well. Talking about his “Made in Heaven” works, Koons told the Journal of Contemporary #Art, “I think when people view these images, they will find not perversity, but something that is beautiful, like a flower.” More Trump-ism. The words that Koons uses to hit on women conjure up that now celebrated “locker room” talk with Billy Bush - “when you’re a star, they let you do it.” Charles Finch of Artnet magazine observed the artist approach young women at a cocktail party with the words, "Hi! I’m Jeff Koons and I am a famous artist.".
Making a better world
Clearly as unaware as Trump of any wrong doing, Koons told the Journal of Contemporary Art that he sees his art-making as a “humanitarian act,” and that artists have a responsibility to make the world a better place. Shades of Trump’s slogan ‘making America great again.’ Other reviews besides this one show similar problems with this artist’s ”humanitarian act.” Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times called it self-promoting hype and sensationalism. Roberta Smith, also of the New York Times, called it aggressive political incorrectness. Perhaps Christian Viveros-Faune of the Village Voice best summed up all the objections to “Made in Heaven,” when he said that there is absolutely no valid reason besides money to exhibit this “dreck.” It’s curious how the same pans also apply to Trump. Just follow the money. “Blow Job” sold at Sotheby’s New York for $350,000 and “Silver Shoes sold there for $800,000.