The Japanese Acid Trip Adventures of Mr. President Trump
Imagine a six-inch goldfish heel stamping on a human face, forever. http://slate.me/1W2gMNd
- •Mike Diva might be the weirdest person on the internet.He’s the creator of the viral “Japanese Donald Trump Commercial,” and the video is exactly as bizarre as you’d expect.
- •Basically, it’s 1:19 of DayGlo-drenched psychedelic Trump propaganda. You have to see it to believe it.Multicolored dancing Trumps transform into dinosaurs, robots, and firebombs while a love-struck Japanese girl prances through meadows, giggling as she chases her idol.
- •Katy Waldman of Slate tracked down Diva for an interview. Here are some of the highlights:
- •Diva (whose real name is Mike Dahlquist) says the video is intended to be equal parts “funny, terrifying, [and] pretty.”“Seeing [Trump’s] face everywhere has been something we’ve all have to deal with. So I wanted to make the omnipresence of his face really overwhelming, but also weirdly visually pleasing. I wanted to confuse people.”
- •He also says that, thanks to some spectacular mental gymnastics, a few Trump supporters have managed to interpret the video in a flattering light.“It’s fun to watch the comment section” says Dahlquist, “fun to see the crazy theories people have hatched to justify why Trump is surrounded by swastikas. They’ll say, ‘Oh, the swastika was originally created in Japan as a symbol of peace.’”
- •Dahlquist says he isn’t political, but the absurdity of regular Donald Trump videos, plus his love of Japanese commercials, made this a natural outlet for his creative energies.
- •He made the film in a month and half, with a budget of zero dollars.“I’m really lucky my friends are talented and willing to work for free,” says Dahlquist.
- •And in case you were wondering — the actress is a friend of his, and “her hair was already like that and everything.”