Sabo Strikes Again: Street Artist Gives 'Gropey Al' Franken Lead Role In 'Greatest Showman' Billboard
Los Angeles-based street artist Sabo's latest politically-charged installation gives embattled Democratic Sen. Al Franken the starring role in 20th Century Fox's new film "The Greatest Showman."
In a large billboard that originally only featured a female trapeze artist (played by Zendaya) soaring through the air, Franken now appears to be reaching for her in his infamous "groping" pose.
"When I heard Franken rehashed Bill Clinton's, 'I have to get back to work for the American people' speech, I knew I had to take a punch at Gropey Al," Sabo told The Daily Wire on Thursday. "Why is it the Left never steps down, but always insists when Republicans are caught in scandals they do just that? The hypocrisy is staggering. I hope these latest accusations cause him to step down."
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the billboard is "just off the 405 freeway near the National Blvd. exit, a couple of miles away from the Fox studios." Sabo told THR that he was careful to make the alteration temporary because he does not need "that kind of hell raining down on me." So far, no comment from Fox.
The image of Franken is taken from the notorious "breast-groping" photograph that helped break the dam on the allegations against Franken. The image was taken on a USO tour in 2006, during which radio host Leeann Tweeden says that Franken kissed her and groped her breasts. While Tweeden was asleep, Franken posed for this photo:
Shortly after she made her accusations against Franken, Tweeden spoke to the press. "This is happening to women who have no power and no way to speak up," she said. "I think the tide is turning, and what about all the women who don't have microphones and a voice and can say something and it's all over the news?" Video below:
Since Tweeden's claims against Franken, other accusers have come forward with similar allegations, including an elected official in New England.
This week, a fifth accuser came forward, alleging that Franken groped her breast while on another USO tour. Daily Wire's Joseph Curl reports:
A fifth woman, an Army veteran who served during the Iraq war, says Sen. Al Franken groped her in December 2003 while she was deployed in Kuwait. Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio, said the Minnesota Democrat cupped her breast during a photo shoot there. ...
"When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast," Kemplin said in an interview with CNN. "I've never had a man put their arm around me and then cup my breast. So he was holding my breast on the side."
"I remember clenching up and how you just feel yourself flushed," she said. "And I remember thinking — is he going to move his hand? Was it an accident? Was he going to move his hand? He never moved his hand. It was long enough that he should have known if it was an accident. I'm very confident saying that."
While Franken has apologized for his behavior, he refuses to step down amid mounting pressure to do so, insisting instead, as Sabo notes, of wanting to "get back to work" for the American people.
If you haven't yet seen trailers for "The Greatest Showman," which stars Zac Effron and Hugh Jackman, here's the latest one: