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Texas Police Confiscate Yard Sign Depicting GOP Elephant Sticking Its Trunk Up Girl’s Dress

A political yard sign is causing quite a stir in Texas this week. Marion Stanford painted the sign, which features the GOP symbol — an elephant — with its trunk up the skirt of a female figure. The figure is depicted saying “help.” Next to that, on a black background and in bold pink letters, Stanford painted the words “Your Vote Matters.”

Police showed up at Marion Stanford’s door telling her to remove the sign or she would be arrested. 

Why? A Republican politician had taken to social media to complain about the sign, falsely claiming that the female figure was supposed to represent Brett Kavanaugh’s young daughter. His Facebook post said “the Democratic sleaze knows NO bounds.”

This is in Hamilton, Texas and is supposed to be Judge Kavanaugh's young daughter. Notice my opponent's sign in the background. The Democrat sleaze knows NO bounds!

Posted by Sid Miller on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

 

Marion argued that no, the female figure on the sign was not supposed to be Kavanaugh’s daughter, or a child at all. The figure is simply female. In fact, the art is not even her creation. The art is a reworking of a piece originally created LAST YEAR by a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Washington Post, Ann Telnaes. Police took the sign anyway, telling her that it was pornographic, and are holding it at the police station.

Here is an image of the original artwork — as you can see, all Ms. Stanford did was make the dress pink and add a face and the word “help.” 

 

 

Ann Telnaes, the original cartoonist, talked about the incident on Twitter. 

 

Which, of course, got others talking. 

 

Most people seem to agree that even if they didn’t like the sign, it wasn’t pornographic, and taking it away was going too far. Not Sid Miller, though. The Republican politician — who initially posted his complaint about the sign along with the false idea that it was Kavanaugh’s daughter — is proud that the sign was removed.

Ms. Stanford has made no mention of speaking to Miller, but he told Facebook that she threatened to sue him and again claimed the image was Kavanaugh’s child. 

I’m glad that I called out this offensive campaign sign and am pleased that hundreds of others did so as well. It’s vulgar and just plain wrong and it had no place in someone’s yard visible from the street. Not only was the sign an attack on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s daughter, it made a mockery of sexual assault which is NO laughing matter. The sign’s owner even threatened to sue me for bringing it to the public’s attention. I told her to ‘Bring It!’

 

The story has left us with more questions than anything. Did the sign go too far? Did Ms. Stanford change the message by painting the dress pink? Did Mr. Miller purposefully spread false information? Did local police overstep their bounds? Sound off about it all in the comments.

H/T: AOL, Twitter, Facebook, Dallas News, Star Telegram

Written by Erica Diaz

Erica is the consummate cool-kid. She’s so cool that she’s been talked about in magazines, on blogs and on the radio after losing her left eye because of a piece of glitter. She is still actively mourning the passing of Prince and hopes to one day do an all-iguana remake of Graffiti Bridge since iguanas are plentiful near her home in South Florida. She has yet to find one that can really nail the “ahhhyayayeaheaheah” that Tevin Campbell does in Round and Round, and everyone knows the music is the important part of any Prince film. She’s a mother, singer, writer and (if the internet is to be believed - which we all know it is) a Nigerian socialite mid-ranking member of the Illuminati. She prides herself on being the most popular one-eyed rock star under 5 ft tall in pretty much any room she walks into.