The museum took an unprecedented "preparatory measure" in anticipation of the 2020 presidential election results.
Berlin's Madame Tussauds has picked a side in the 2020 US presidential election and our current Commander in Chief is not going to like it one bit. The Berlin location of the wax museum chain that's famous for its uncannily lifelike wax sculptures of celebrities, political leaders, and all-around icons, recently took the unprecedented "preparatory measure" of hauling its effigy of Donald Trump into a dumpster. The museum shared a photo and video of the TV star-turned Republican president's unceremonious removal from his former display and was bombarded with quite a few strongly worded comments from Trump supporters.
According to Reuters, the move comes in anticipation of the museum's expectations of the presidential election on Tuesday. "The US elections are imminent and we are making room for the next president," the museum captioned an Instagram post featuring a photograph of the Trump replica in a dumpster bearing the words "Dump Trump Make America Great Again" and surrounded by garbage bags and images of tweets reading "Fake News!," "I love Berlin," and "You are fired!" A Trump Tower backdrop served as the finishing touch for the unapologetic display as the effigy wore an unperturbed smile and thumbs up.
Madame Tussauds in Berlin loaded its effigy of President Trump into a dumpster, a move apparently intended to reflect its expectations of #Election2020 https://t.co/YgPEZnLfnj pic.twitter.com/C7L6kVczNy— Reuters (@Reuters) October 30, 2020
"Today's activity is rather of a symbolic character ahead of the elections in the United States," said the museum's marketing manager Orkide Yalcindag. "We here at Madame Tussauds Berlin removed Donald Trump's waxwork as a preparatory measure." In what seemed to be another calculated move, certain photographs of the dumpster Trump effigy also showed the statue of his predecessor and longtime nemesis Barack Obama — who counted Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel among his closest allies — beaming in its position while museum staff took the trash out.
This is my new favorite picture in the entire world.— Wise PaxCat (Remove Impeached Occupant 45) (@WisePaxCat) October 30, 2020
Madame Tussauds in Berlin dumps Trump into a dumpster ahead of Election Day https://t.co/cmnJNhNSwO
Meanwhile, the museum revealed on social media that visitors will also be given the chance to observe this unique Trump display over the weekend. The Berlin outpost's antics sparked a heated debate on social media with many strongly criticizing the museum for choosing sides. "This tasteless action bluntly shows the limitless neglect, stupidity, and disrespect of society.
Can't drop any lower. Just disgusting," commented Facebook user Peggy Bergelt-Löhner. "I serve tourists from all over the world, including the USA. I'll never take another step into your shop, nor recommend. The wax figures have more brain and mind. SORRY for my American friends, I am so ashamed about this," threatened Robert Schumi.
On the other hand, there were quite a few who enjoyed the brazen theatrics. "Thank you from an AMERICAN VOTER cannot wait to visit," commented Dana Christie Vasquez. "What is everyone complaining about?? Art and culture have always been political... unless it's / is banned! And she should remain political/satirical. Only then, can a democracy survive," wrote Barbara Lamprecht. "Excellent metaphor. He is a piece of garbage human being. It would give me great satisfaction to put him in a dumpster and take him out to the curb," commented another Facebook user by the name of Barbara Garza.
LMFAO 🤣😂🤣. Madame Tussauds wax museum in Berlin put Trump in a wax dumpster. How's that for predicting the future 😂😂😂. pic.twitter.com/hVxYemY7uC— Amy Lynn 🍭🌊 (@AmyAThatcher) October 31, 2020
This isn’t the first time the Berlin Madame Tussauds has taken aim at Trump in the months leading up to the election. Back in May, when the President still refused to wear a face mask despite top health experts urging the world to use protective face coverings, the museum used the Trump wax figure to demonstrate the proper way to use a mask. "You can see some creative ways of wearing masks these days. Our Trump wax figure shows you how to wear your mask properly," it captioned the Instagram post.
The museum also addressed the president testing positive for COVID-19 last month through a hilarious set arrangement. "The safety of our visitors is taken care of," it captioned an image of a masked Trump wax figure isolated from the rest.