Who would have thunk it? Scores of otherwise prim and proper people have risen in revolt against a mere 5-letter word. TRUMP!
It all has to do with the Donald's mostly acclaimed Downtown skyscraper: Trump International Hotel and Tower.
You might be telling yourself, "Great, just what we need, more hype from His Highness of Hype."
Trump, it seems, crossed up the City's Planning Commission, the City Council, the Mayor, the local movers and shakers of public art, and even the building's architect, when he decided at the last minute to plaster his surname on his property.
The string of 5 serif type letters is spread out 141 feet----half a football field---two hundred feet above ground level.
Well, this projection of ego is simply too enormous for many to tolerate.
Blair Kamin is one of the gang whose aesthetic ganglion has been frayed. Kamin is the distinguished architecture critic at the Tribune, and he is beside himself with outrage over Trump's tacky promotional stunt. Shockingly commercial, Kamin, in a nutshell, wrote the other day. How dare Trump mar the skyline with self-adulating grotesque script!
Kamin called the overweening letters "a wart" and "a poke in the eye". And, I'm sure, only the most commendable restraint prevented him from resorting to the vilest of imprecations to express his scorn and disdain.
In this groundswell and frenzy of condemnation, blame for the travesty (something that has become a civil rite in our society) has to be assigned.
No sense pinning it on Mr. Trump. Everyone expects him to act irrationally from time to time. And after all, it's his building, so blaming him is a no-brainer. An adjective that usually comes to mind with every Trump epiphany.
Who then should take the blame? Blair Kamin.
Mr. Kamin admitted as much. He wrote in the same column I quoted above that after he elegantly rapped the "proliferation of skyline commercialism" recently because of a new sign on another skyscraper, he expressed his displeasure to Mr. Trump. "You may force me to do it," Trump told him then. And he did!