Friday, May 12, 2017

The Pope and Donald Trump

A mural signed by 'TV Boy' depicting Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump kissing appeared in Rome, Italy. Photo credit: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

A life-size mural depicting Pope Francis with a saintly halo kissing US President Donald Trump sprouting devil’s horns appeared Thursday morning in the Borgo neighborhood, the warren of streets in front of the entrance to the Vatican.
The mural, which was painted on paper and pasted on to the wall during the night, was the latest work by street artists depicting the pope to appear in Rome.
This one shows Francis, wearing a simple crucifix around his neck, embracing Trump, who wears a gold watch and sports a pistol in a holster. The pope’s halo is the same bright yellow color as Trump’s hair. The two are locked in a mouth-to-mouth kiss.
The caption – in English and Italian – written on the sash of the pope’s cassock reads “The Good Forgives the Evil”. And it is signed “TVBoy”, who is believed to be Italian street artist Salvatore Benintende.
“It is very provocative but not too shocking for someone coming from America”, said a tourist from Burbank, California who gave only his first name, Victor.
[Note: Francis and Trump are due to meet at the Vatican on May 24, 2017].
The mural evokes the controversy surrounding a 2011 advertisement by the Italian fashion company Benetton depicting Pope Benedict XVI kissing Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb of Cairo’s al-Azhar University as part of its “Unhate” campaign.
The Vatican spokesperson at the time, Father Federico Lombardi, said the advertisement was “unacceptable,” and showed a “serious lack of respect” for the pope. The same day, Benetton withdrew the ad, apologizing for “offending the sensibilities” of the faithful.
Francis has been the frequent star of Rome street art. In fact, the first was in January 2014, when he painted Francis as a flying superhero. He has also portrayed the pope as a street artist himself, and playing tic-tac-toe with a Swiss Guard standing watch.

Three murals depicting Pope Francis by street artist Maupal which have appeared over the years in Rome’s Borgo neighborhood. Photo credit: Maupal/Facebook

Although popular with locals and tourists alike, the pictures never last long. The local police usually remove them within 24 hours.
Last year, a priest working at St. Peter’s Basilica, Monsignor Americo Ciani, said the destruction of the work was a “great sadness", adding that those who ordered their removal “do not understand anything about art”.
Yesterday, I was in Jalan Genting Klang in KL – and I came across this place – Tea Garden Rstaurant in Metro Genting Klang – where they serve street snacks.
The steamed tapioca priced at RM5.80
I ordered steamed tapioca with coconut milk and gula Melaka – and it sure brought back childhood memories. Back then, I used to dip the tapioca in sugar instead.
Actually, I was there to attend the One World Toastmasters meeting and deliver my CC#10 speech titled The Chicks and the Eaglet. An interesting and inspiring speech but I was guilty of being draggy towards the end – as rightly pointed out by the General Evaluator.
It was nice to be able to be there for their meeting #143. I also won the Best Speaker award.
My speech evaluator was Amenny Chua. She is Group Manager at One World Realty Sdn Bhd

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