A series of fake sanitation ads attacking Christians and Trump supporters as garbage have popped up on trash cans and train station posters in New York City with the caption “Keep NYC Trash Free.”
Most of the posters have been “taken down,” according to Fox News Insider, although some remain.
One ad depicts a woman holding a Bible and wearing a red, pro-Trump Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat. The caption “Keep NYC Trash Free” appears above her head, insinuating that Christians and people who support President Donald Trump are “trash.”
Other ads, with the same caption, depict a man with a MAGA hat and a tattoo of the Confederate flag holding a soft drink cup from Chick-fil-A, a company known for its Christian values, and a man wearing a Boston Red Sox hat and New England Patriots jersey yelling and holding a Samuel Adams beer.
The posters are designed to look like public service announcements. They include the logo of the New York City Department of Sanitation, which released a statement denying responsibility for the stunt.
“These posters were not created or issued by the Department of Sanitation, and we do not condone unlawful defacement of City litter baskets or public property. We are looking into this matter,” the Department of Sanitation said.
A video by Fox News Insider contains a statement from Winston Tseng, a street artist and graphic design freelancer whose work has been featured in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and who, according to Fox, posted the “art” to his Instagram account.
“For the record, I didn’t create or put up these posters. But if I did, I wouldn’t want people to take them so seriously, since they’re meant to reflect certain parts of our society and not meant to generalize beyond those,” said Tseng in the statement to Pix 11 News. “I’d just want the audience of my fellow ‘classist elitist New Yorkers’ to hopefully be entertained by the ‘unhelpful, tone-deaf message’ as they go about their day in this trash filled liberal bubble.”