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Butt Out: Hundreds Expected To Moon Trump Tower In Chicago

By Stephen Gossett in News on Feb 3, 2017 6:59PM


The mission statement for Chicago’s, uh, cheekiest anti-Trump protest is pretty straightforward: "Kiss Our Asses, Release Your Taxes!"

The minds behind a new comedy enterprise are urging Chicagoans to join them on Sunday, Feb. 12 for a good old-fashioned mass mooning of Trump Tower, with the hopes of keeping light (and skin) shining on Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 300 people had RSVP’ed to attend and another 1400-plus were interested in Chicago Moons the Trump Tower.

The butts-out action was put together, appropriately enough, by Shitshow, a new Chicago-based satirical news show cut from the mold of The Daily Show and the old Colbert Report.

“We’re not trying to be big political players, but at the same time, we see a lot of hypocrisy in the administration and the arguments people put forth to defend it,” Bailey Davis, 20, told Chicagoist.

Chicago has seen plenty of fanciful Trump Tower-related protests since the rise of Donald, including a proposal to hide the tower sign with giant flying pigs and a planned post-election mass flipping-off. But we haven’t seen nearly as many since inauguration, when, for non-Trump fans, the situation has steadily grown more dire. Still, there’s room for such juvenilia, Davis argues. (Note: a more traditional, seemingly fully clothed protest with the same goal is scheduled for April 15, at Millennium Park)

“Different things get different people on their feet. Regular everyday protests might not get this kind of press. I hope it brings attention to his tax returns and our butts don’t swallow up the rest,” Davis said, also citing the raid on Yemen and the Dakota Access Pipeline as issues that should stay on radars even as Trump’s executive orders dominate news coverage.

“Sometimes you have to fight absurdity with absurdity,” he added.