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What’s that in the bushes? A cutout of Sean Spicer

Marty Long, who lives in Raleigh, put cutouts of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in bushes near her house.
Marty Long, who lives in Raleigh, put cutouts of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in bushes near her house. Courtesy of Marty Long

Sean Spicer is lurking in the bushes throughout the Triangle.

Some local residents have put paper cutouts of the White House press secretary’s face in bushes outside their homes. It’s all to poke fun at Spicer, who talked to reporters while standing among shrubbery on May 9 in Washington, D.C.

While Spicer was trying to explain why President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, the press secretary and his staff gathered near a clump of bushes, The Washington Post reported. An update to the story later clarified that Spicer was “among bushes,” not “in the bushes.”

Memes of Spicer spread quickly on social media, and people around the world started putting cardboard and laminated pictures of Spicer in bushes outside. Cutouts have appeared in gardens in California, Washington, D.C. and New Zealand, according to The Post.

In Raleigh, Marty Long saw a meme on Facebook and decided to make her own laminated cutouts. She put them in bushes in her neighbor’s yard and near her house, including in a backyard chicken coop.

“We just put them wherever we thought Sean would go,” Long said, adding that the project is for comic relief.

“I find Sean Spicer to be the entertainment in a very non-entertaining administration,” she said.

Meredith College student Ainsley Pozsik saw memes of “Garden Spicer” on Facebook and wanted to do something fun on her first day of summer break last week. So she printed the cutouts and stuck them in bushes near Holly Springs Town Hall and across the street from where the town’s farmers market is held.

They’ve been well-received so far, she said.

Pozsik, a graphic design major, said she’s interested in social and political art.

“My goal is to get people more involved in politics,” Pozsik said. “Public art is a great way to do it, even if it’s making silly stuff like the Sean Spicer heads.”

The Spicer craze might have gotten started by Lisa Kadonaga, a professor in British Columbia who decided the bushes in Victoria were an ideal hiding place, the Canadian Press reported. She found a headshot of the press secretary, had it enlarged and printed and placed it in shrubbery at a bank.

Kadonaga posted a photo of her cutouts on Facebook, which quickly went viral. She uploaded the cutout to Dropbox.com after getting requests for the picture, and the site was so inundated with requests that it temporarily crashed.

Madison Iszler: 919-836-4952; miszler@newsobserver.com

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