Sabo (street artist)

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Sabo is the pseudonym of a politically conservative street artist active in Los Angeles, California. His name derives from the sabot round used for tank munitions.[1] Before his career as a street artist, Sabo was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.[2] According to a 2014 interview, Sabo had been involved in street art since 2000, though he began to take his activity in the scene more seriously beginning in 2008.[3][4][5] Sabo's works have been critical of left-wing politics and its prominence in the entertainment industry, claiming that "leftism is a disorder."[1]

Notable works[edit]

Sabo's first work that received mainstream attention was in May 2014, where he put up posters attacking Democratic politician and then-candidate for governor of Texas Wendy Davis,[3][6] who held a thirteen-hour-long filibuster to block Senate Bill 5 (a measure which included more restrictive abortion regulations for Texas) a year prior.[7] The posters feature mostly-naked Barbie dolls with a plastic baby in her belly area and Davis' face plastered on, with the caption: "Hollywood welcomes Abortion Barbie Wendy Davis".

During the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Sabo placed posters (most of which were themed to the 2016 Dinesh D'Souza political docudrama Hillary's America), which criticized Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, at local bus stops.[8]

In December 2017, Sabo claimed credit for putting up posters (in a style heavily inspired by the works of Barbara Kruger) of actress Meryl Streep with producer Harvey Weinstein with the words "She knew" emblazoned across Streep's face, a reference to rumors that Streep had been aware that Weinstein was a serial sexual predator before the information became public. He said that he considered it retribution for Streep's role in the film The Post because he believed the film was a direct attack on Donald Trump.[2][9]

In January 2018, Sabo put up road signs around the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles several days before the 75th Golden Globe Awards that referenced the issue of child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.[10] In a similar stunt committed days before the 90th Academy Awards, Sabo vandalized three billboards in the Hollywood area (in a reference to nominee Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) that criticized the entertainment industry for shielding pedophiles.[11] Later that year, Sabo vandalized a billboard in Los Angeles promoting Who Is America?, a television series created by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. He mocked up a image of Baron Cohen as a war veteran, in relation to Sarah Palin's comments on the show, who claimed that Baron Cohen had interviewed her in disguise, and disrespected the U.S. military.[12]

In October 2018, Sabo vandalized a billboard promoting the 2018 Halloween film, which placed the face of Maxine Waters, a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Michael Myers' body, with the hashtag #uncivildemocrats also plastered on. This work was done in response to a statement Waters made encouraging people to harass President Trump and his Cabinet members.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carroll, Rory (21 June 2017). "'I think leftism is a disorder': is this artist the rightwing Banksy?". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Carroll, Rory (20 December 2017). "Rightwing artist put up Meryl Streep 'she knew' posters as revenge for Trump". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Brooks, Katherine (June 10, 2014). "Meet Sabo, The Conservative Street Artist Behind The Wendy Davis 'Barbie Art'". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "LA Street Artist Launches Anti-Clinton Campaign". KCBS-TV. August 29, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Gwynned, Stuart (December 5, 2015). "LA's Right-Wing Street Artist Sabo Strikes Again". LA Weekly. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Bassett, Laura (May 22, 2014). "Wendy Davis Greeted By 'Abortion Barbie' Posters In Los Angeles". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Ghahremani, Tanya (June 13, 2013). "Texas Senator Wendy Davis' 13-Hour Filibuster Successfully Beats Abortion Bill". Complex. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Bond, Paul (July 17, 2016). "Conservative Street Artist Slams Hillary Clinton, Democrats in Artwork Outside GOP Convention". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  9. ^ Han, Angie (December 6, 2017). "The reviews are in and critics absolutely adore Steven Spielberg's 'The Post'". Mashable. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "The right-wing street artist trying to troll Hollywood". Vice News. January 5, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  11. ^ Bond, Paul (February 28, 2018). "Street Artist Erects Three Billboards Over Hollywood: 'Oscar for Biggest Pedophile Goes To ...'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  12. ^ Bond, Paul (July 16, 2018). "Sacha Baron Cohen Criticized for "Stolen Valor" on Hijacked Billboard Near CBS Offices". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  13. ^ Bond, Paul (October 19, 2018). "'Halloween' Billboard Hijacked to Target Maxine Waters". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

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