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Dusseldorf's satirical floats target Donald Trump and Brexit

Trump raped by Russian bear, May births Brexit baby in German carnival floats
One of Dusseldorf's carnival floats depicts Donald Trump being raped by a Russian bear. FOTO: dpa
Düsseldorf. Once again, international politics have found their way into Dusseldorf's annual Rose Monday parade: On one float, British PM Theresa May is shown giving birth to a Brexit monstrosity. On another, US President Donald Trump is being sodomized by a Russian bear. Von Helene Pawlitzki

Four out of twelve satirical floats designed by Dusseldorf-based artist Jacques Tilly pick up on topics on the international agenda - and just like last year, the juiciest pieces of satire mock Trump and May.

The Trump float is titled "Russian Affair" and depicts Donald Trump naked, on his stomach, with his tongue hanging out. On his back, there is a huge grinning bear, wearing a black hat with a red star. The Trump figure's face makes clear that it's not enjoying the situation - much like in reality, where Donald Trump again complained about the official investigation into a possible collusion between Russia and presidential campaign, saying it was a "cloud" hanging over the White House.

Front view of the Trump float of 2018. FOTO: dpa

The float also brings to mind last year's Rose Monday parade in Dusseldorf, in which Tilly showed the US President raping Lady Liberty; on another, Lady Liberty was shown holding Trump's severed head.

Theresa May births a horrible "Brexit" baby

Another of Tilly's floats this year shows British Prime Minister Theresa May in a Union Jack dress. She has just given birth to a misshapen baby, still attached by an umbilical cord to her womb. Happily she holds it up in the air. The monstrosity is labeled "Brexit".

On this float, Theresa May is shown much in love with her Brexit baby - even though it is very misshapen. FOTO: dpa

Jacques Tilly is an outspoken opponent to Britain's plan to leave the European Union. Last year he showed Theresa May with a gun labeled "Brexit" in her mouth. The float was later shown in Britain at demonstrations of anti-Brexit groups (link in German).

Two further floats broach European issues: On one, Poland's and Hungary's heads of government Jarosław Kaczyński and Viktor Orbán cross hammer and sickle of right-wing dictatorship. On another, a Libyan slave-market - where refugees are sold - is depicted as an aid programme financed by the European Union; a critique of the EU's neglect of human-rights violations in Northern Africa.

You can see more pictures of the satirical floats here:

So schön war der Rosenmontagszug 2018 in Düsseldorf FOTO: ap, FO

Rose Monday parades are traditionally the high point of Carnival season in Germany and take place on the Monday before Ash Wednesday. The largest ones are held in the neighbouring cities of Cologne and Dusseldorf in western Germany. They are being broadcasted live on television, with hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the streets. Dusseldorf's parade especially is known for it's satirical floats that usually pick up on current affairs.

More about the Düsseldorf Carnival parade (in German)

 
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