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Apparently No One Noticed A Portrait Of Putin Hanging In Trump Hotel For An Entire Month

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Photo via Hyperallergic and Brian Whiteley

An artist hung it during his stay and retrieved it from the wall of his room a month later

Remember the tombstone that appeared in Central Park on Easter Sunday in 2016 bearing Donald Trump's name? Brian Whiteley, he artist behind the "Make America Hate Again" grave is back at it again, this time having allegedly placed an ode to Trump's Russian BFF inside one of his hotels without anyone noticing.

According to Whiteley, he hung a portrait of Vladimir Putin as a commentary on the "cult of authoritarianism" that surrounds those who adore Trump. The work was allegedly placed in room 435 of the Washington, D.C. Trump Hotel on August 1, and retrieved a month later. He told Hyperallergic in an email, 

Numerous guests had stayed there since I placed the painting and no one had an issue with a painting of Vladimir Putin (with the White House in the background) hanging up in the President’s Hotel … steps from the White House. This all leads me to believe that the guests are completely devoted to the President no matter what policy/authoritarian he embraces. As many have said, Trump has brought about a cult of authoritarianism where he can do no wrong no matter how blatant the transgression.

One of Whiteley's friends, who wishes to remain anonymous, says that the artist booked a single night's stay in the hotel room to hang the portrait, then got drunk and invited Trump supporters back from the bar to view his work. Apparently, upon seeing the Russian figure on the wall, one of the supporters exclaimed, "Putin, fuck yeah," much to the surprise of Whiteley's friend. 

When he went back at the end of the month to retrieve the painting, a.k.a., "something he had forgotten in the suite," Whiteley claims this was the first time employees had realized what he was up to. “They allowed me access," he explained, "and I was able to retrieve my painting but was forcibly removed once the manager saw what I was retrieving." Not convinced this is true? Check out all the details of the hilarious protest art stunt over at Hyperallergic



Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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