Outspoken advocate for marginalized straight white cisgender males in America, Sen. Josh Hawley, was just slapped with a cease and desist letter from Politico demanding he quit using a photo it owns on his campaign merch.Related: Josh Hawley implies he watches tons of porn and plays lots of video games in whiny little speechThe photo was taken by Francis Chung on January 6, 2021, shortly before the deadly insurrection.
Hawley greeted protestors as he was walking into the U.S. Capitol with his fist raised high in the air. The image has since become an emblem of that dark day.Related: Josh Hawley is getting trolled hard on the eve of the January 6 anniversaryLast month, the anti-LGBTQ senator’s reelection campaign started peddling ceramic coffee mugs featuring the controversial photo along with the words “Show Me Strong” for $20 a pop.
Since then, it has also begun selling beer koozies and t-shirts emblazoned with the image. A post shared by Josh Hawley (@joshhawleymo)“We do not authorize its use by the Hawley campaign for the purpose of political fundraising, which the campaign has been put on notice of by legal counsel,” a spokesperson for Politico said this week. “We are eagerly awaiting a response, but in the interim again respectfully ask that the campaign immediately cease and desist unauthorized use of the image.”Related: Josh Hawley and his “manhood” are having a craptastic day on TwitterHawley’s spokesperson Kyle Plotkin told E&E News that the campaign hasn’t received any letter and insists its use of the photo is “in full compliance with the law,” though he declined to answer whether the campaign paid to license the image. (We’re guessing it didn’t if Politico sent a cease and desist letter.)Related: Josh.
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