A billboard for the new Halloween film starring Jamie Lee Curtis was hijacked by a conservative street artist to send a message to “uncivil Democrats.”
The giant ad at Pico Boulevard in West Hollywood was similar to others in the city until artist Sabo gave it a makeover, putting a maniacal-looking image of Congresswoman Maxine Waters’s face where big-screen serial killer Michael Myers’s image had been. The Democratic representative for California’s 43rd Congressional District appears to be wielding a knife in the altered version, and the hashtag “uncivil Democrats” was added to the billboard.
Sabo, sometimes called the GOP’s Banksy, took credit for the prank, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He said the hashtag is a reference to a comment Waters made in L.A. in June telling Democrats that if they see notable Republican politicians, particularly those in Trump’s Cabinet “in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station,” they should “get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Since then, several notable Republicans have been confronted in public places, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters arrives at the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League Pro-Choice America's 2012 Los Angeles Power of Choice Reception in West Hollywood, California May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY)
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke (R) talks with U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (L) before he speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 39th Annual Legislative Conference at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, September 25, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS)
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks at a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus with Senator Joseph Lieberman at her side August 15, 2000 in Los Angeles. Lieberman's past voting record on some affirmitive action issues and vouchers has drawn criticism from various African American leaders. Lieberman has been selected by Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore as his choice for vice president. Lieberman will address the Democratic National Convention August 16, 2000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California reacts to applause as she is introduced at a U.S. Congressional Black Caucus 'Town Meeting' at Mt. Hermon AME church in Miami Gardens, Florida August 22, 2011. The group is sponsoring a jobs fair in downtown Miami on Monday and they say the fair will include more than 100 employers from around the country. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a picture with Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Karen Bass (R) durign a visit to the California African American Museum in Los Angeles May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 06: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), C, looks on as U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks at a news conference criticizing President Donald Trump's Wall Street policies on Capitol Hill on February 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. President Trump is making his first visit to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command today at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. Waters called for investigation into Trump administration ties to Russia. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: Mark Thompson interviews US Representative from California, Maxine Waters on SiriusXM on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 4: Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., speaks during a press conference with House Democrats on the Export-Import Bank in the Capitol on Thursday, June 4, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Congresswoman Maxine Waters attends the BET Revealed Seminars during the 2013 BET Experience at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for BET)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Congresswoman Maxine Waters, host Roland Martin and actress Jackï¿½ attend the taping of TV One's 'Washington Watch With Roland Martin' Hollywood Special at KCET Studios on January 31, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TV One)
UNITED STATES - FEB 28: Rep. MaxMaxine Waters, D-CA., and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT., during a news conference on February 28, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Pelosi and other female members of Congress blamed republicans for doing nothing to stop automatic spending cuts in the so-called sequester, which she said would disproportionately impact women and that Americans ?might as well get a pink slip? directly from House Speaker John Boehner. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan arrives with US Congresswoman Maxine Waters for the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The oath is to be administered by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 13: Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference at the House Triangle, held by Congressional Progressive Caucus to introduce 'The People's Budget,' which claims to create a surplus by 2021 by eliminating current wars and other weapons spending and raising taxes on the rich, among other methods. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) left, and Mark McKinnon, Republican Strategist, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 03, 2011. (Photo by William B. Plowman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 29: Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., makes a statement to reporters in Longworth Building regarding the House ethics committee delaying of her trial. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)
DETROIT - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr., unidentified woman, United Auto Workers's president Bok King, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) participate in a 'Rebuild America-Jobs, Justice and Peace' march in the downtown area August 28, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The march commemorates the historic 'Walk to Freedom' led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Detroit on the same date in 1963. Among the thousands of participants in the peaceful march in support of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and UAW include labor and civic leaders such as United Auto Workers' president Bob King and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Sabo’s revamped image has been all over social media on Friday, widely enjoyed — and shared — by conservatives.
Of course the #democrats will whine about how horrible this is. This is a what a REAL peaceful protest looks like - one that I totally agree with. The only one who should be offended by this is Michael Meyers. #uncivildemocratshttps://t.co/LrILK85Ulb
SABO, my hero and an LA street artist , strikes again, swapping a photo of killer Michael Myers and replaced it with the congresswoman Aunty Maxine. A billboard at Pico Boulevard advertising the new Halloween movie opening Friday was altered and the words #UncivilDemocrats added. pic.twitter.com/W9Xua8xdkU
Sabo has done this type of thing before. In February, he took over three billboards in L.A., inspired by the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, to attack the entertainment industry for failing to tackle widespread sexual misconduct. They said things like: “And the Oscar for biggest pedophile goes to…” He also put up posts of Meryl Streep with the words “she knew” in reference to her ties to Harvey Weinstein.
The highly anticipated Halloween flick, a sequel to the 1978 original and once again starring Curtis, opens Friday and is expected to popular at the box office.
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