Hillary Clinton Flying Monkey Signs Deface Brentwood Ahead of L.A. Fundraiser
The conservatives' answer to Shepard Fairey is also working on a fake website designed to mock Clinton and the Democratic Party
Guerrilla street artist SABO, who made headlines with his Gwyneth Paltrow "Obama Drone" poster, has struck again — this time ahead of Hillary Clinton's upcoming Democratic fundraiser at Tavern restaurant in Brentwood.
The Los Angeles artist early Friday hung signs depicting Wizard of Oz flying monkeys holding "Hillary 2016" signs from traffic lights and pasted them on utility boxes near the San Vicente Boulevard restaurant.
Although, as SABO told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, one poster near a Whole Foods had been "violently" torn down.
"All these leftists, I'm tired of their s—," SABO said via email.
The Louisiana native, who moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to attend the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, has become the conservatives' answer to liberal artists like Shepard Fairey — but much meaner.
His caricature of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi twerking, which helped launch the conservative website Breitbart California, triggered demands for an apology from a cross section of angry Democrats. And when Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis came to L.A. to raise money last year, SABO lampooned her as "Abortion Barbie." In addition to the flying monkey posters, SABO has been busy working on a fake Tavern website, which brutally ridicules Clinton and the Democratic Party. He also has an entire section of his website Unsavory Agents dedicated to the former Secretary of State, who will be in Los Angeles on Oct. 20 for the Democratic senatorial fundraiser hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Alan Horn and other top industry execs at Tavern.
"It sickens me to see just about every California Republican I run across pull out the white flag in surrender to the coming coronation of Hillary Clinton," SABO wrote on his website. "They've all but given up without a hint of a fight. Let this image be a reminder to them that our lady in waiting is not invincible. Obama came out of nowhere and knocked her off her perch without so much as trying."
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, SABO said Hollywood and politics have become a focal point of his guerrilla art, particularly with his "Drone" campaign, which also features Samuel L. Jackson, Alec Baldwin and Jon Stewart.
"I think the drone campaign encapsulates how I feel about Hollywood," he says. "You know, it's kind of like a double or triple entendre in that, I mean, if you listen to one of these celebrities go on, they're like, droning on and on and on about how they love Obama or the left or the Democrats, or they drone on about how much Republicans suck, and in a way, much the way an unmanned aircraft flies through the air, these people fly through the airwaves."