Joe Michael Perez (Joe Mike) made headlines when he put a Trump hat at the Selena statue in Corpus Christi. He grew to become the photograph right into a blouse for himself. Photo: Joe Michael Perez
The guy who positioned a crimson Trump hat atop the Selena statue in Corpus Christi for a photograph op says he plans to run for mayor of the town.
Joe Michael Perez (Joe Mike), whose photograph went viral, says he desires folks to grasp that “there are Hispanic Republicans out there.”
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“I just figured that, well, I’m in politics now,” Perez says. He owns a Trump memorabilia store throughout the Corpus Christi Trade Center and a season fireworks stand.
“I’ve been criticized for it, and I stood my ground, and I stood for what I believed in. I’m not stopping. I’m not backing down.”
The viral photograph presentations Perez posing subsequent to the “Mirador de la Flor,” a sculpture of Selena erected in 1997 on Corpus Christi Bay. He is dressed in a Trump blouse and striking a Trump hat atop the statue’s head. Perez voted for Donald Trump in 2016 as a result of “he just doesn’t back down. And that right there is what I can relate to.”
Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, referred to as Perez “a disrespectful idiot” and says his daughter “was never involved with politics.” Quintanilla’s legal professionals have despatched Perez a stop and desist as a result of his “unauthorized use and commercial exploitation of the name, image and likeness of the
artist Selena Quintanilla.”
The stop and desist singles out Perez’s upcoming “Trump supporters gathering,” scheduled for Saturday on the Selena statue location; and any products he has produced with Selena’s symbol. It reads:
Nonetheless, with out acquiring Quintanilla’s permission, you might have unilaterally related Selena’s logo and id with Donald J. Trump, whose public statements, ideology, and political re-election marketing campaign are neither recommended by means of nor affiliated with Quintanilla in any means. Selena is an inspirational and uplifting determine to thousands and thousands of folks world wide, of all races, creeds, religions, and nationwide starting place, together with babies and households. Associating Selena with any unmarried baby-kisser, and in particular with the divisiveness and discord usually attributed to Donald J. Trump, is completely inconsistent with, and harmful to, Selena’s symbol and logo and is thereby harmful to Quintanilla. Your unauthorized affiliation of Selena with Donald J. Trump, together with the materially false implication that Quintanilla endorses Donald J. Trump, hasn’t ever been authorized, isn’t authorized and, as detailed extra absolutely beneath, constitutes willful misappropriation of likeness and trademark infringement.
Perez says he used to be stunned to get the stop and desist and has no longer created any Selena products. A T-shirt that includes the viral photograph used to be made just for himself, he says. The tagline “Bidi Bidi Trump Trump” used to be handiest used for a Facebook photograph caption and no longer published on products.
He says the Saturday collecting is to “express our ideas about the picture, why the picture was taken.”
“We just want to capitalize. It’s just our method. We’re gonna do it peacefully. We’re just gonna gather and show support for our president.”