A shirtless Vladimir Putin impersonator riding a bronze bull covered in dildos sounds like the beginning of a NSFW joke. In fact, it is a real thing that actually happened on Monday.
As an act of resistance, a Washington, D.C. ramen shop owner named Jeff Jetton pulled on a mask of the Russian prime minister’s and mounted the famous Charging Bull statue located on Wall Street in New York City, which he plastered with 130 sex toys.
“Anybody who tells you sex toys aren’t good tools of resistance has never had a bag of dicks and a little bit of ingenuity,” Jetton told Mashable via Twitter DM.
Jetton says he wasn’t the only one in on the prank, and that it was the work of activists hoping to showcase their “outrage at ongoing interference in American democracy by Vladimir Putin.”
Today is a great day for #crypto. Someone stuck a fake putin and a hundred dildos on the wall street bull. I don’t know what the significance of this is – but it has to be good for the market, right? pic.twitter.com/wIfKtshNHB
— V (@GameOfCryptos) July 17, 2018
How awesome is this?
This morning, in Manhattan, someone put a life sized, fake Putin on the Wall Street Bull and covered it with dildos!
— Indivisible Network (@IndivisibleNet) July 17, 2018
I don’t always miss working on Wall Street. And then there’s the day someone puts a life sized Putin on top of the Wall Street Bull that’s been covered it with dildos and I get nostalgic.
Nothing like New York City. pic.twitter.com/JrKydLmC4U
— Michelle Bhasin (@michellebhasin) July 17, 2018
According to HuffPost, local police reached out to Jetton on Tuesday evening. He posted about the exchange on Twitter, writing: “NYPD just invited me into the 1st precinct on Monday to receive a summons for my work as Putin on the Wall Street Charging Bull. I assume that’s some kind of award?”
NYPD just invited me into the 1st precinct on Monday to receive a summons for my work as Putin on the Wall Street Charging Bull. I assume that’s some kind of award? pic.twitter.com/lyohArOeJe
— Jeff Jetton (@JeffreyJetton) July 18, 2018
As for future pranks, Jetton said he has “no plans that I’m sharing at the moment.”
Still, his plate’s pretty full even without large-scale pranks — , he’s been conducting his own Russia investigation for months. Per the report, he’s texted with Carter Page and even scored an interview with a Steele dossier source by sending him a photo of a dog.
Now, he can also add performance activism to his resume.