Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Are You Scared Yet, Donald?



Arabic billboard mocks Donald Trump's fear of Muslims

Highway billboard near Dearborn, Michigan, says ‘Donald Trump can’t read this, but he is scared of it’

A spokesperson for the group behind the billboard said it was hoped it would get people talking. Photograph: The Nuisance Committee/Facebook

The Guardian  Martin Belam  18 October 2016 

A billboard has appeared alongside a Michigan highway mocking Donald Trump and his xenophobic rhetoric about Muslims and immigration.

The advert, placed on Interstate 94 near Dearborn, says in white Arabic text on a black background: “Donald Trump can’t read this, but he is scared of it.”

It has been paid for by the Nuisance Committee, a campaign group set up by the people behind the popular game Cards Against Humanity.

Melissa Harris, a spokesperson for the group, said Dearborn was chosen because it has one of the largest Arab-American communities in the US.

She told WWJ Newsradio 950: “I like the idea of people who do not speak Arabic having to ask their friends who do speak Arabic to translate the board for them. And I personally hope this also will generate some dialogue between Arabic speaking people and non-Arabic speaking people in Detroit and across the country.”

Special packs of cards about the US presidential candidate and his rival, Hillary Clinton, have been funding the group’s political advertising. The makers promise that “at the end of this promotion, Cards Against Humanity will tally up the sales of both packs, and depending on which pack gets more support, we will donate all the money in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign”.

The group has previously used Star Trek’s George Takei to narrate a campaign video comparing Trump’s stance on Muslims to the US policy of internment for the Japanese during the second world war.

The use of Arabic writing to poke fun at a fear of Islam was seen earlier this year in a tote bag designed by Rock Paper Scissors in Haifa. It read: “This text has no other purpose than to terrify those who are afraid of the Arabic language.”

 Text on bag reads: “This text has no other purpose than to terrify those who are afraid of the Arabic language.”

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