Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire Tries To Steal From Indie Artist, Lands In Dumpster Fire
On Friday, The Daily Wire — Ben Shapiro's home for cranky old men who whine a lot about how unfair it is that no one will let them win the culture war — excitedly announced the debut of "Dumpy the Democrat Dumpster Fire," featured on a brand new t-shirt guaranteed to make all of the liberal hipsters at the coffee shop go "Gee willikers! I guess Republicans are a lot more with it than we thought! Maybe we should reconsider Ben Shapiro's latest hot take on why poor people are stupid!" Oh boy, the libs were going to be so totally owned.
Of course, instead of actually creating the design for the t-shirt themselves or hiring someone to do so, they just went ahead and stole the design from actual artist Truck Torrence, stuck a little "D" on it for "Democrats" and then tried to sell the t-shirt on Amazon.
And they would have gotten away with it too! If, you know, people hadn't noticed. Which is a thing they're pretty much guaranteed to do when you very obviously steal something from someone, post it publicly on Twitter and try to sell it.
Now that's just rude. And completely unsurprising.
Thankfully, after both the Torrence and a whole lot of other people alerted Amazon to the art theft, the t-shirt was taken down from their site.
Torrence's actual art — which is super cool — is available for purchase at the 100% Soft shop. You can even buy a cute little dumpster fire guy t-shirt there if you like, although I personally will be going with the one that says "Dead Inside."
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