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Artist's Cheesy Border Wall Troll Will 'Make America Grate Again'

Cosimo Cavallaro tackles a wedge issue.

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A Los Angeles artist has found a cheesy way to make a grate point about a wedge issue in American politics.

Cosimo Cavallaro's past projects include a 6-foot-tall milk-chocolate sculpture of Jesus and a hotel room covered in 1,000 pounds of melted mozzarella cheese. His latest effort: A 6-foot-high, 3-foot-wide wall of expired cheese in close proximity to America's southern border. The cheese wall, which Cavallaro says he wants to extend 1,000 feet at a cost of $300,000, is meant to mock President Donald Trump's proposed wall on the U.S.–Mexico border.

"To spend all this money to keep dividing the countries, I think is a waste," he tells the Los Angeles Times. "You see the waste in my wall, but you can't see the waste in [Trump's] $10 billion wall, which in time will be removed?"

Cavallaro started building on Monday and has posted videos to Facebook documenting his progress.

According to the project's website, Cavallaro started with enough funds for a 25-foot long wall made of 200 blocks of spoiled cotija cheese. Each block costs about $100, The Sacramento Bee reports, so he's crowdfunding the rest. A GoFundMe page has raised about $1,435 of his $300,000 goal. He's also selling cheese-related apparel, including a "Make America Grate Again" t-shirt. (The "Grate" is actually just an image of a cheese grater.)

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"The simplicity of the wall is that it shows and exposes the waste," he adds in a promotional video. "You take a piece of cheese, and after a certain date you have to throw it. I don't know why. Maybe that's part of the whole system of Congress. You must waste cheese to keep making cheese here."

While that metaphor may be a bit strained, Cavallaro is making a valid point about waste and the wall. Trump is trying to use about $8 billion of money from different sources to build the project. In reality, it will cost much more. In fact, erecting the wall is likely to cost as much as $28 billion, followed by $48.3 billion in maintenance expenses over the first decade. All this for a structure that will be ineffective at blocking both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. And don't even get me started on all the private property that'll be seized in the process. (There are many other reasons why building a border wall would be a bad idea, which you can read about here.)

The wall has attracted several other trolly responses. Last year there was the "Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall" campaign, and in 2017 the company behind Cards Against Humanity announced it had bought a plot of land on the U.S.–Mexico border in order to make it "as time-consuming and expensive as possible" for Trump to build his wall. (Though since Trump doesn't care all that much for private property rights, it was likely for naught.)

Cavallaro's cheese wall won't stop Trump from building anything, so it's a purely symbolic form of protest. But it is a very well-Krafted troll.

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  1. Too many puns.

    1. Witzelsucht!

    2. Punmesan.

  2. Blessed are the cheesemakers.

    1. The commentariat makes the best cheese.

  3. I hope Trump doesn’t Tweet that he supports regular showers, his enemies would never shower again.

    1. As opposed to showering with holy water?

      1. showering with holy water

        I am not familiar with that particular sex act, but I am afraid to look it up. I was traumatized by a search for “lemon party”.

      2. No, that’s Mike Pence, our Theocratic VP…

        1. Explain to me the difference between Pence’s religious and LGBTQWTF statements in 2018 and Obama’s in 2008, cause I’m not seeing anything.

  4. I tend to buy cooking utensils by consulting Cook’s Illustrated recommendations. They do not recommend a box grater but a separate plane grater and microplane. The only thing I miss is the built-in cheese containment of the box grater.

    1. I don’t really like those mandoline graters…stability is a pain. Best thing about the box graters are the downward motion is a lot easier which make it so you can grate fairly evenly without ending up with a triangle from a rectangle. Somewhere we managed to find a tupperware-type thing where the plastic lid can be swapped for a regular or fine grater lid. Catches all the cheese inside. But now you are grating horizontally which is a lot trickier. At least the bottom of the tupperware has the non-slip stuff.

      1. The testers didn’t like the box grater because nobody ever uses the large slicing side, and for fine grating nothing beats a microplane. The rubber feet make the winning model stable, but you need to have a big enough surface to contain the cheese (or carrots or potatoes). I use the wide Microplane for both cheese and zesting now and the thin zester for garlic only.

    2. Cheese Containment would be a good band name.

  5. Gouda hell, artfag!

  6. C’mon Reason. This is Buzzfeed level clickbait garbage.

    1. Ridiculing authoritarian walls seems libertarian.

      Faux libertarians would bristle, though.

  7. Sweet dreams are made of cheese.
    Who am I to dis the brie?

    1. +1

    2. Weird Al, is that you?

      1. Make America Gouda Again?

  8. “To spend all this money to keep dividing the countries, I think is a waste,” he tells the Los Angeles Times. “You see the waste in my wall, but you can’t see the waste in [Trump’s] $10 billion wall, which in time will be removed?”

    This is how bad the open border arguments have become. Nothing but Jokes about how Americans should not control who enters the USA.

    1. Some people just can’t get right with authoritarian immigration policies and practices.

      Libertarians, for example.

  9. Can anyone explain to me why a block of spoiled cheese costs $100? I’d expect it to much closer to zero.

    1. Does the Gov still subsidize the cheese industry?

    2. Some of my favorite cheeses depend on the presence of mold. The problem is with limitations of category.

    3. “Can anyone explain to me why a block of spoiled cheese costs $100?”

      The seller found a fool to buy it. Shoulda’ tried $1K first.

    4. These are not the 1-2 pound cheese bricks you can buy in a supermarket, these are 25-50 pound blocks.of cheese. I don’t know where this particular cheese sits on relative costs, 50 pound wheels/blocks can run into thousands of dollars.
      depending on the type of cheese.

    5. Can anyone explain how cheese can be spoiled? Cheese is just spoiled milk, right?

    6. Because now it is ART!

  10. And that chocolate Jesus statue is just sacrilicious.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uppBdcz7OBE

    1. Not nearly as sacrilegious as all those who acted like Obama was their chocolate Jesus. Which is why I suspect that the statue was at least in part intended as a jab at the Obama believers.

  11. An MFA is such a useful degree.

  12. http://www.washingtontimes.com…..ember-ple/

    Aryan Brotherhood member pleads guilty to immigrant smuggling. It really is Dave Chapel’s world.

    1. +1000

      Thanks John.

      Lefties need to explain how racist America is trying to get brown people INTO the USA.

      1. The immigrants were Brazilian. QED

        1. Were they boys?

          Boys from Brazil?

          1. Are you saying a woman can’t be Hitler? Bigot.

            1. Not all month.

  13. “You take a piece of cheese, and after a certain date you have to throw it. I don’t know why…”

    Well then, sir, you keep right on eating that cheese after the date has passed.

    1. Right on. Cheese just gets better and better with age.

      *** bites lip ***

  14. But it is a very well-Krafted troll

    No it isn’t. It’s the stupid work of a retarded “artist”. It doesn’t succeed at anything other than being a pile of old expensive cheese.

  15. This is at the level of trolling of sucking someone’s dick and then calling them a fag. What kind of retarded person would think that’s effective.

    Or the level of trolling of pretending to be an open borders supporter and then feverishly demanding that child rapists be given asylum. Actually that was really good trolling only chemjeff wasn’t trolling- he just really wants more child rapists in this country for some reason. Not that there aren’t law abiding non-child rapists with that point of view. I’m sure chemjeff is one of those types.

    1. Conservatives tend not to get mainstream comedy, movies, literature, art, or television. This artist seems to be a libertarian, something that really aggravates right-wingers like Samantha.

      1. Lol I went to Princeton and you didn’t bitch. Why did you go to a much worse school than a rethuglican like me? Are you not a good test taker?

        1. That and the fact that he is a moron.

        2. You’ll spend the rest of your anti-social, bigoted life complying obsequiously with my preferences, clinger. Your parents can’t buy your way out of that one. I am content.

  16. Cavallaro is making a valid point about waste and the wall.

    Is he? He seriously doesn’t seem to know and it would be a strain or more nakedly putting words into someone’s mouth to suggest that they’re making a valid point when they aren’t even sure they are.

  17. “To spend all this money to keep dividing the countries, I think is a waste,” he tells the Los Angeles Times.

    When I can migrate through Central and South America illegally with the same rights and privileges as migrants from those countries have here then we can talk. Until then gouda bye.

  18. ‘…in 2017 the company behind Cards Against Humanity announced it had bought a plot of land on the U.S.?Mexico border in order to make it “as time-consuming and expensive as possible” for Trump to build his wall.’

    Perhaps they could turn it into an animal sanctuary and import some endangered species. Get some environmental group to start a lawsuit demanding an environmental impact study before anything is done. That could hold things up for years.

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    >>>>>>>>>> http://www.GeoSalary.com

  20. Where there’s a wall there’s a whey.

  21. Hmm, I don’t know where this particular cheese sits on relative costs, 50 pound wheels/blocks can run into thousands of dollars.

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