Throw Shoes at Bush’s Sneering Head on Inauguration Day
Yep, you really can throw shoes at a sneering portrait of Dubya (painted by yours truly) Tuesday at Union Square in NYC.
Get your kicks for $1 a throw on Tuesday, January 20, inauguration day, at the south side of Union Square in Manhattan from 11 AM-2 PM. The event is sponsored by the Indyendent, and proceeds will benefit Iraqi refugees.
Read on for the full press release:
NEW YORKERS TO GIVE BUSH THE BOOT
New York –– Drawing inspiration from Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, who became a hero to millions after hurling two shoes at outgoing President George W. Bush, New Yorkers plan to give Bush a “farewell kiss” by tossing shoes at a portrait of Bush painted by artist Rebecca Migdal.
As he flung his shoes at Bush during a news conference in Baghdad last month, al-Zaidi yelled, “This is a farewell kiss, you dog. This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.”
In that spirit, The Indypendent newspaper is offering New Yorkers the chance to give Bush their own farewell kiss by flinging shoes at a large painting at Bush.
The first opportunity to throw shoes at the Bush portrait will take place on Saturday, January 17, at the Grand Army entrance to Prospect Park in Brooklyn from 10 AM-1 PM. A second opportunity will occur on Tuesday, January 20, inauguration day, at the south side of Union Square in Manhattan from 11 AM-2 PM.
The Indypendent will provide shoes for throwing, and anyone can try their luck for just $1 a toss. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to groups working to aid the five million Iraqi refugees who have been displaced by the Bush administration’s war.
“It’s the perfect way to express your frustration and outrage at what the Bush presidency has wrought on our country, plus it sounds like it will be a ton of fun,” said Alex Kane, a volunteer writer for the Indypendent.
“As a Mets fan, I think it’s never too early for baseball season, so I’m warming up my pitching arm to see if I can smack his smirk with a fastball,” said Ellen Davidson, a volunteer editor with the newspaper. “And whether I hit the portrait or not, I will be glad to know that this event will provide a little help to the many Iraqis whose lives have been devastated by Bush’s criminal war.”
Rebecca Migdal, the artist who drew the Bush portrait, is an animator and multimedia artist, and a published cartoonist and author. Her work has been recognized with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Commission on the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.
Published every three weeks, The Indypendent is New York’s leading independent newspaper and is the winner of dozens of awards for outstanding reporting, commentary, design and photography from the New York Independent Press Association. The Indypendent is dedicated to creating a true alternative to the corporate press by empowering people to produce their own media.