Messy, But Woke

Joanne the Scammer just found the perfect way to fight Donald Trump

Superdeluxe, Branden Miller

In the late hours of last week’s election as it became increasingly clear that Donald Trump—a man who will now sit in the White House with known white nationalist Steve Bannon—was all but certain to become our next president, Joanne The Scammer logged onto Twitter and summed up the day’s events with five simple words:

And then for days, as Trump’s supporters physically attacked those who dared voice their concerns about the prospect of a White House speaking white supremacist truth to power, Joanne’s normally active social media accounts all went dark. As a fictional white woman portrayed by an openly gay, black man, it’s understandable that Joanne might have needed to take some time to gather her thoughts and consider what the future of disenfranchisement scamming (read: voter suppression) might look like in Trump’s America.

For a moment, it seemed as if Joanne had forsaken the US for greener, less overtly-racist pastures. That is, until last night, when she announced her latest project with a video seemingly shot from what appeared to be a poorly-lit sweatshop staffed by Latinx employees somewhere in America. The video revealed that Joanne has entered the merchandise game—and is trying to fight Trump at the same time.

The product is a $50 “Get Out Of My Caucasian House” limited welcome mat designed by Kate Proulx. welcome mat. If you buy it, you can be sure that your contribution to Joanne’s coin purse is also going to a good cause. According to Super Deluxe, 50% of all profits generated from the sales will go directly to the American Civil Liberties Union. When I reached out to Super Deluxe via Twitter, they assured me that they were 100% sincere about their commitment to supporting the ACLU.

You’ll remember that the ACLU has already promised to take Donald Trump to court if and when he attempts to turn any of his proposed draconian into actual law.

“These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed, they are unlawful and unconstitutional,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said last week. “If you do not reverse course and instead endeavor to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full firepower of the ACLU at every step.”