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The L.A. artist who lip-synced Donald Trump's inauguration speech as a clown

Artist Rachel Mason dressed up as her character FutureClown, preparing to lip-sync Trump's speech at LACE. (Carolina A. Miranda)
Artist Rachel Mason dressed up as her character FutureClown, preparing to lip-sync Trump's speech at LACE. (Carolina A. Miranda)

Los Angeles artist Rachel Mason offered an alternative inauguration viewing experience for those who didn't vote for Donald Trump.

Taking her character FutureClown, which she uses to perform politically minded sketches, Mason lip-synced the new president’s speech as it was happening via a live stream on Facebook ... while dressed up as a clown.

As Trump talked about putting “America first,” Mason — decked out in a green-and-brown polka-dot number, complete with a Cubist-looking headdress and dramatic face paint — mouthed along and employed Trumpian finger gestures.

The performance took place Friday morning in the storefront of nonprofit arts space Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Hollywood. It is the only event on the organization’s schedule, which is closed to the public for the rest of Friday in observance of the nationwide culture strike, #J20 .

Although the LACE galleries were closed to the public, Executive Director Sarah Russin said it was important to provide Mason with the space and support to perform her piece.

“I feel that presenting this with Rachel is our way of commenting,” she said, “of giving an artist an artist-driven project to respond to the election.”

As with all things that go down live, the show wasn’t without hiccups. Friday morning’s pouring rain did a number on L.A.’s fragile communications grid and a wavering Wi-Fi signal meant the space occasionally lost sound on Trump’s speech.

“Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong,” Mason said resignedly after the speech concluded.

No matter. She is creating an archival version of the performance that will be available on her YouTube page . Which means that if you missed Trump’s speech, you can always watch the clown version instead.

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