There Will Be A Giant Baby Trump Blimp In London Next Week

In case you haven't heard, a huge bag of hot air will be arriving in London next week.

Yes, that's right, permission has been granted to a collection of self-styled art activists to launch an inflatable balloon depicting Donald Trump as a naked baby, which will soar through the skies of Westminster to coincide with the US President's visit to the UK on 13 July.

Although City Hall originally said no, its decision was reversed following a petition to 'Let Trump baby Fly' which received more than 10,000 signatures.

In an opinion piece written for the Guardian, Leo Murray, the spokesman for the art activists explained how Sadiq Khan's office initially didn't consider the Trump Baby blimp a legitimate form of protest.

Credit: TrumpBabyUK/Twitter
Credit: TrumpBabyUK/Twitter

"In order to secure consent to protest in Parliament Square Gardens, you have to apply via the events team at City Hall," wrote Murray.

"We're not planning to do anything that contravenes any bylaws for this space, which include using amplified music or anything you could sleep inside.

"We already have the public liability insurance required. Khan's officials, however, have insisted that Trump Baby blimp 'is not a protest'. 'A protest is a gathering of people with banners and placards,' they say."

He continued: "Apparently, Trump Baby is merely 'art' and therefore not a legitimate applicant to protest outside the seat of our democracy."

Well, no longer. And so now, the six-metre blimp that pokes very direct fun at the controversial political figure will be flying high and proud.

It's even equipped with a mobile phone, providing a nod to the President's fondness for bringing issues to the public eye via Twitter - his no-punches-pulled tweeting style has provided plenty of ammo for his critics, although Trump continues to use the platform undeterred.

In order to cover the significant amounts of helium needed for the balloon launch to happen, a crowdfunding campaign was launched and fulfilled.

Credit: TrumpBabyUK/Twitter
Credit: TrumpBabyUK/Twitter

It is, frankly, the most British of responses to one of the most divisive political figures in recent memory, and certainly the most contentious president in the USA's modern history.

Perhaps the real test will be to see whether Trump himself sees it and actually tweets his reaction - which, presumably, is exactly what the protestors are banking on.

Whatever happens, it's really very weird, but also absolutely hilarious. Here's to more very British protests in the future.

Featured Image Credit: TrumpBabyUK/Twitter

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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