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CONTROVERSIAL STREET ARTIST SABO CHALLENGES ANTI-TRUMP CELEBS TO "GET OUT" OF THE U.S.

Caroline Slusarczyk

Photo of Sabo, Twitter, @unsavoryagents

Photo of Sabo, Twitter, @unsavoryagents

Before Donald Trump’s Presidential victory, many celebrities said they planned to leave the country should Trump win the Election.  Lena Dunham, Cher, Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer and other celebs expressed a desire to move to Canada, or elsewhere.

Over the weekend in West Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, a street artist named Sabo created fake Sotheby’s realtor advertisements that seemingly encouraged these anti-Trump celebs to leave the country.  Sabo, who keeps his real name a secret, is a Los Angeles street artist who is known for his Conservative-minded, controversial works of art.  Each of his fake Sotheby’s ads contained a photo of Trump and one celebrity, including the country that celeb claimed they would choose to move to.

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The ads also displayed the link to the website www.gtfooh.today, which includes all the fake Sotheby’s ads and a 7-minute video, “How to Move to Canada.”  The website’s headline goes, “Get the f**k out of here today.  Help make America and Hollywood great again.”

Sabo's previous art pieces include replacing photos of refugees with terrorists at a Refugee art exhibit, and painting a fake Rolling Stone cover with Lena Dunham, entitled “Rape Fantasies and How We Perpetuate Them.”  Last year, he made posters that depicted director J.J. Abrams and Barack Obama in a crude image entitled, “Presidential Circle Jerk.”

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

To find out more about Sabo and his provocative art, check out his "UNSAVORYAGENTS" website here.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

STAR WARS BROKE THE INTERNET!

Gina Giordan

Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm

The new Star Wars movie is quickly becoming the most important cinematic event of 2015.  Not only did Disney release a trailer last night that managed to get nerds to watch a football game (or football fans to be interested in Star Wars), it also released pre-sale tickets for the movie’s release on December 18th.  And then the internet crashed every movie ticket site in the country.

So what’s so special about Star Wars?  It seems like every single 80’s and 70’s movie franchise is revived or rebooted these days. We live in the era of nostalgia where everything five years or older needs to be brought back.  Just yesterday Netflix announced it’s reviving Gilmore Girls!

Star Wars is basically the “hero’s journey” retold in space.  A young boy has a destiny to fulfill, so he follows a wise old man, and thanks to his help defeats the forces of evil.  Luke, Obi Wan, and Darth Vader, right?  The thing is the hero’s journey is incredibly appealing when it’s done well.  It’s been done thousands of times in history (from Beowulf to The Lord of the Rings), but what makes it work is that there is a world that’s at stake.  The hero’s journey is about a youth who can save the world.  So we need to care about this world!

Star Wars blows away any child who has never seen a movie in space.  In fact, it blows away children used to Avengers-styled CGI.  The world and its characters are written and directed in a way that makes you think that this world wasn’t created for the audience, but rather that we’re getting a glimpse into that world.  So while the story might be familiar, the world feels so new and vast, that we are immediately drawn to it.  There’s something magical about the amazement of seeing the Millennium Falcon for the first time, and then hear Luke Skywalker say: “What a piece of junk!”

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

What makes the new Star Wars sequels so appealing is the way it seems to blend the old with the new.  The story isn’t too original.  In fact, from what we get from the trailers, I feel I’ve seen it before.  It’s about a youth living in a desert planet who finds an unexpected friend from outer space and immediately their adventures begin.

Disney

Disney

Along the way, they meet an old man who tells them about the Force.

Disney

Disney

And then they use it to fight a masked evil warrior.

Disney

Disney

This is a story we’ve heard before.  Like Luke’s.  In a world that seems old and new at the same time.  It’s all lining up like in that movie in 1977.  The similarities between the original Star Wars and this one?  Let’s call them echoes of the Force.