Finland’s Largest Newspaper ‘Welcomes’ Trump And Putin In Yuge Sarcastic Ads
By Mikelle Leow, 16 Jul 2018
Image via Kaius Niemi
For some not-very-subtle reasons, President Trump cannot catch a break. At his first stopover in London since taking office, he was greeted by a massive ‘Trump Baby’ balloon that was part of an ongoing campaign protesting his leadership, before the jokes continued through his tea session with Queen Elizabeth.
It looks like the President will be greeted with even more contempt during his visit to Helsinki, Finland on 16 July—though the blow might feel less harsh with his companion, Vladimir Putin, around.
Finland’s largest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, has placed several typographic ads throughout visible areas in Helsinki that might appear to welcome the leaders on their arrival at the 2018 Russia-United States summit, but are actually mocking their apparent tendencies to shun the slightest criticism from members of the press.
“As we welcome the presidents to the summit in Helsinki, we [at Helsingin Sanomat] want to remind them of the importance of free press,” tweeted Kaius Niemi, Senior Editor of the newspaper. “300 billboards on the routes from the airport to the summit are filled with news headlines regarding presidents’ attitude towards the press freedom.”
The first reads, “Mr President, welcome to the land of free press.”
One ad displays a headline from 18 February 2017, “Trump calls media enemy of the people,” and another translates to, “Putin is trying again to bring the media to heel,” in Russian.
Just last month, POTUS defended Melania Trump for putting on a tone-deaf jacket that read, “I really don’t care, do u?” on her surprise visit to meet immigrant children detained at the US-Mexico border. He jibed that it was a remark aimed at the “Fake News Media.”
“Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”
As we welcome the presidents to the summit in Helsinki, we @hsfi want to remind them of the importance of free press. 300 billboards on the routes from the airport to the summit are filled with news headlines regarding presidents’ attitude towards the pressfreedom. #HELSINKI2018 pic.twitter.com/KmYJtLyeNE— Kaius Niemi (@KaiusNiemi) July 15, 2018
Ahead of the Trump-Putin meeting here, Finland’s largest newspaper has put up ads around Helsinki which are less than complimentary about the visiting leaders. The sign in Russian says: “Putin is trying again to bring the media to heel.” pic.twitter.com/Oy89XnP2WJ— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) July 15, 2018
[via Kaius Niemi]
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