Artist Outraged Building Owner Painted Over Obscene Anti-Trump Message

New York City artist "ELLE" hid an obscene message about President Donald Trump in a mural she painted in Lexington.

Lexington, KY – A New York City artist painted a “F--k Trump” message into a mural she completed in downtown Lexington and she’s not happy that the building owners have painted over it.

The artist, who goes by the moniker “ELLE,” completed the painting just before the start of the PRHBTN 2019 Mural Exhibition and used ultra-violent glow paint to write the obscenity about President Trump, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“In America, we are all entitled to share our opinion, and it’s important to exercise this right,” ELLE said in a statement released by PRHBTN. “Let me be clear, this is not about politics, this is about expressing my anger: I am fed up!”

“I demand a better leader who is not a misogynistic ‘p---y grabbing’ inappropriate person,” the artist ranted. “I want a leader, from any party-who is respectful, anti-racist, believes and acts to mitigate climate change and who believes in gender equality. We need to hold ‘leaders’ to a higher moral standard. I am fed up with this delusional sexist, racist man.”

John Winters, creator of PRHBTN, said the profane message was designed to be an “Easter egg” and be almost invisible, but it didn’t dry properly.

Winters released a statement on Wednesday that said the building’s owner wanted to keep the mural just as it was painted, but felt that the profanity should be removed after “repeated harassment.”

The art festival’s creator said he agreed with that decision, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.

“The slogan included in ELLE’s mural is constitutionally protected speech,” Winters said. “We stand behind each and every one of our artists and ELLE is no exception. We will never be afraid to speak out against racism, misogyny, xenophobia, bullying and all other forms of hatred.”

The message was painted over on Oct. 22, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“ … apparently the message is now gone,” ELLE wrote on her Instagram story. “Free speech isn’t a thing in Trump territory.”

The artist also shared a photo of a Lexington Police Department vehicle parked just outside the building that the mural was painted on, ostensibly providing security for the controversial artwork.

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Trashman67
Trashman67

"F--k ELLE"

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

ELLE can have all the freedom of speech she(?) wants, provided she owns the canvas that she is painting on.

Justice4us
Justice4us

Free speech goes both ways.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Liberals believe that free speech only applies to them.

GForce48
GForce48

Free speech and right to private property something this ELLE clown doesn't understand!

K9alwys
K9alwys

So, I'm trying to understand this, Winters is the founder of PRHBTN and stated, quote; "We will never be afraid to speak out against racism, misogyny, xenophobia, bullying and all other forms of hatred.”
Yet, he is supporting Eelle's "hidden" message of, "F**k Trump and a that it is a constitutional right of free speech. But, this is where I'm confused (sarcasm), is Elle's "message" clearly a message of hate and a form of bullying?? Where is the tolerance is this more hypocritical then making a so called point...

Harlan4300
Harlan4300

Why is it that these people can have their opinions, but no one else can. If someone else would have painted Fuck Obama they would have been outraged and demanded that it be taken down and who ever painted it be prosecuted. Bunch of IDIOTS.

JBo
JBo

It boils down to: my building, my rules. Otherwise, buy your own building and paint it however you want.

BlueFan
BlueFan

You think she would be okay if I painted 'F*ck Elle' on the side of her tent or dumpster that she calls home? It has nothing to do with free speech and everything to do with defacing personal property.

portManaT13
portManaT13

“In America, we are all entitled to share our opinion, and it’s important to exercise this right,” The building owner exercised that right. So what is your problem?? You don't own the wall and the owner decided to make some adjustments.

Bob Sumpf
Bob Sumpf

A, was the artist paid? B. Did the artist own the building? C. The message was done in in a florescent paint that would only be visible at night. (planned that way by the artist) All bets are off, No free speech, no constitutional rights and the artist should be liable for a law suit !

Litobug
Litobug

The left talk about hate, bullying, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia and blame all on Trump - where have you liberals been - obviously not born yet because The Kennedys sure were members of the elite who could get away with murder and nothing is done, It really is a one sided world we live in where the president - like him or not - he is the president of the United States - gets blamed for everything. This bullying and hate for President Trump should have been stopped years ago but yet it continues.

NomonK
NomonK

She said "We will never be afraid to speak out against racism, misogyny, xenophobia, bullying and all other forms of hatred.” The only problem I see in this STATEMENT it is SHE & HER LIBERAL COMRADES that are doing it and as the great Writer has instructed BLAME IT ALL ON YOUR OPPONENTS, Which is what the Liberals are doing.

lorelie63
lorelie63

the building owner hired her to paint it, if he doesn't like what she painted he has the right to paint over it. period.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

How creative.

jigaboo
jigaboo

This racist turd needs to be arrested and charged. Piece of crap thinks free speech can be used any way she chooses, WRONG, that is why your piece of shit painting was painted over!

DocRyder
DocRyder

Amazing the number of people who have no concept at all of how the Bill of Rights works. They are Rights protected against government repression. It has nothing to do with disputes between private parties at all. This whiny little girl is a fool and a hate monger. She is ignorant of our president as well.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

“I demand a better leader who is not a misogynistic ‘p---y grabbing’ inappropriate person,” the artist ranted. “I want a leader, from any party-who is respectful, anti-racist, believes and acts to mitigate climate change and who believes in gender equality. We need to hold ‘leaders’ to a higher moral standard. I am fed up with this delusional sexist, racist man.”

Notice how she justifies her actions on a bunch of MSM lies and just one comment he made in private during guy talk decades ago!! She's nothing but a CNN parrot!! Wonder what skeletons she has in her closet or what she has said in private that she wouldn't want to come to light. Hypocritical liberal bitch!!!

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

So they are against hatred, but saying F**K Trump isn't hatred? I guess they are also for hypocrisy.

Mpafr012
Mpafr012

Freedom of speech protects you from government censorship. Property owners (Non government owned) can allow or cover up what they don't like.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

how dare the building owner paint over an unapproved obscene message that is painted on the side of his building!!!! this is a clear first amendment violation!!!!

actually, its a clear sign of the failure of our education system, as this "artist" obviously knows nothing about the bill of rights and how they don't apply to non-government situations where you write obscenities on a privately owned building.

Blackwolf1
Blackwolf1

Ironic how they claim to fight 'HATRED', by using Hate......DUMBASS

hoss377
hoss377

And that is why America hates liberals.

Mtmartianesq
Mtmartianesq

The problem is this. A liberal person has no idea what the definition of “liberal” is.

liberal noun lib·​er·​al | \ ˈli-b(ə-)rəl
Definition of liberal (Entry 2 of 2) : a person who is liberal: such as a : one who is open-minded or not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional, or established forms or ways b capitalized : a member or supporter of a liberal political party (see LIBERAL entry 1 sense 6) c : an advocate or adherent of liberalism especially in individual rights

DSmith2018
DSmith2018

Two words I’m soooo tired of reading and hearing...two words that’s are sooo overused... racist and homophobe!! Demos worship those words!

JEM1108
JEM1108

If I was the building owner I'd paint over the whole damn mural just to show her who's the boss where the wall is concerned. F**k Elle

TwiztidRich
TwiztidRich

F**k ELLE!

CaptainMoses1949
CaptainMoses1949

ELLE is just another pissed off swamp rat IT, she doesn't know what he, she, it wants to be or more likely doesn't know what he, she or it wants to be.

pixiepup
pixiepup

How can she complain about respect from President Trump when she has none!?? Putting sick words all over the place. She sounds disgusting! I’m glad they painted over it!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

I wonder if zhe kisses zher mother with that mouth?

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Apparently when you are a progressive hate speech and bullying is allowed as long as you indicate beforehand “I am fed up” then all is well in stupidity land.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Can someone direct me to the next ELLE expo? I have my paintball gun ready!

TxFlgirl
TxFlgirl

Yes I agree, F&@* this Elle. “This isn’t about politics “ really?! I can’t stand LeBron ‘anti-American’ James, nothing to do with basketball, but I’m just angry! Where does this Elle live? I’ll paint that on her car. My freedom allows that correct??

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Soros is proud.

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

Ellen is a turd...

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Buy your own dang building and you can paint anything you want on it. But this building didn’t belong to you. What a moron.

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

So ELLE, the building OWNER is expressing his opinion which is HIS right.

Caprice56
Caprice56

First of all, idiot! Yes, you have free speech, no you done have freedoms from repercussions of said speech. You did not own the property. The views, erroneous, expressed were not the owners. Nor did he ask you to so it. You want to live somewhere where there is no racism, no conflicting ideas, no prejudice, no government involvement? Buy an island with your proceeds and move there. Make your own safe haven, and please let the adults handle the rest. Might be a problem for you though, because your art just isn’t that good.

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

Buy your very own buiding...paint and repaint whatever you like..be prepared for praise and criticism from the public...be happy that you live in America.....you would not be permitted to paint anti-government slogans on any wall in North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, China, Russia, Iran, Syria, Chad, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Fubar66
Fubar66

Elle who?

AlAmedak
AlAmedak

My building, my rules

Stu Redman
Stu Redman

Vulgar crap does not need to appear in public. She is an idiot. I didn't vote for obama but I didn't go spray paint all over town and cry like a baby.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

"We need to hold ‘leaders’ to a higher moral standard."

One would believe that if you have a message to convey, he or she would find a better way to express it. But, who is ELLE to judge? She calls her vulgarity art. I call it graffiti.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

It’s amazing how it is socially acceptable to publicly say anything derogatory about Trump but don’t you dare say anything remotely negative about a poor person, an illegal alien, a female, a homosexual, or any other potential “self prescribed victimized person”. You’ll be crucified if you do.

It’s so hilarious how some people can jump the gap of misinformation to connect the dots in order to find a way to be victimized. “You said, ‘ABC’ which means you’re saying I can’t read.” or “You said that guns should be legal which means you want to shoot me.”

It’s hysteria and ignorance.

Snodog
Snodog

So this moron thinks her freedom of speech is more important than his freedom of speech.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

Liberals hate Trump, that makes me like Trump even more.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Paint over the whole mural

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

She forgot to mention "pro abortion" in her delusional, fcked up list of moral requirements for a president.

Judid292
Judid292

I was wondering what the contract says between the artist and the owner. Did ELLE have free reign of type of artwork applied to building? If the contract didn’t address political issues(for either side) or Easter eggs- the owner screwed up. Wondering if they could have straightened this out without all the publicity?

DRTice
DRTice

I would paint over the whole thing, it looks like crap anyways.