An amazing number of readers sent me links to the story about the giant inflatable chicken with Trump hair stationed near the White House.
Is this an ethics matter? Well, let’s think about that.
As stupid protests go, this one is more entertaining than most. The chicken is intrinsically amusing.
Yet it is still just an ad hominem insult. Any group putting up an inflatable animal sporting Obama ears in a similar position would be immediately condemned as racist. Like the naked Trump statues that were put up over night in some cities, the chicken is nothing but another “I hate the President” primal scream. It’s not productive. It’s not constructive. It’s not polite. It is a less offensive gesture than hanging or burning an effigy, but just barely. It’s better than “Fuck Trump” and “Not My President!”, but this is just the “it’s not the worst thing rationalization.”
Then there is the “Back to the Future” problem. You will recall, I hope, that in the greatest film trilogy of all time, protagonist Marty McFly’s fatal flaw was that he could not stop himself from accepting a challenge, however foolish, once he was called “chicken.” Until Marty finally overcomes this flaw, he is is doomed.
Is this really a prudent time to call President Trump a chicken?
I think not.