As Donald Trump lands in London for his state visit, we can be thankful for at least one silver lining while simultaneously crying into our cuppas at the state of politics.
That being the less-than-warm welcome the president has received, thanks to an impressive effort by one student who mowed a giant penis into a field next to Trump’s name.
Yep, instead of welcoming Trump with open arms – as most of our politicians appear to be doing – Ollie Nancarrow thought of a much better way to get the president’s attention. And all it involved was a lawn mower and a bit of artistic license.
Guess who's been busy today mowing a stiff message for Trump under the Stansted flightpath… Please share and let's see how far we can spread the welcome!#climatechange #Trump #welcometrump pic.twitter.com/crnZo5rnDv
— born_eco (@born_eco) June 2, 2019
Amazing. The 18-year-old spent his weekend mowing the words ‘oi Trump’ into his own lawn – near Hatfield in Essex – but the real masterpiece was the massive penis etched alongside it. Ah, art.
Alongside the penis was a giant polar bear, which could be seen next to the words: ‘Climate change is real,’ in the hope that the president would see his creation as Air Force One approached Stansted Airport.
As reported by Bishop’s Stortford Independent, Ollie said:
Donald Trump and his denial of climate change are not welcome and I want him to be fully aware of that when he flies in to Stansted on Monday.
The teenager runs online marketplace Born Eco, a website which connects shoppers with eco-friendly traders.
Ollie isn’t alone in his attempt at trying to open Trump’s eyes to the perils of climate change; as per Huffington Post, hundreds of experts have urged Theresa May to confront Trump over his approach to the issue during his visit.
A letter signed by 250 academics from universities and research bodies across the UK states Trump’s visit is ‘incompatible’ with the UK’s international role in tackling climate change because he is ‘undermining’ international efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
The academics continue by saying the president’s ‘refusal’ to tackle global warming is ‘increasing risks for lives and livelihoods’ around the world.
It’s not known whether Trump saw Ollie’s quite frankly incredible artwork, but worry not because the president will no doubt see another less-than-welcoming display tomorrow (June 4) when the Trump Baby blimp will fly high once more.
Organisers plan to fly the giant orange baby over Parliament Square, with Sadiq Khan’s Greater London Authority giving the green light over the weekend.
Despite Trump claiming last year there was ‘no reason’ for him to go to London because of how unwelcome the baby blimp made him feel, he landed in the city earlier this morning (June 3).
I wonder if this is the one that will put him off returning ever again? Here’s hoping…
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).