Mr. President, Injecting Disinfectants is Not a COVID-19 Cure

Mr. President, Injecting Disinfectants is Not a COVID-19 Cure

Injecting disinfectant no COVID-19 cure
President Trump’s suggestion last Thursday that injecting disinfectants may be a cure for COVID-19 got me thinking what the outcome may look like. 

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

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  1. Some great jokes making the rounds about this very subject, a particularly wonderful skit on Mary Poppins, but I doubt if it could go up on WP! Thank heavens for Trump: The joke that keeps on giving. In these times he’s a great fount of laughter – and we need that even if we are laughing all the way to the grave as we drink our bleach and get skin cancer from the ultra-violet lights he recommends.

    1. Always good to hear from you. Late-night TV must be going nuts.

  2. At the risk of being in the minority on this site, I am saddened to open this and find such a commentary. I come to this site to take my mind away from the difficulties of day to day life. I’ve enjoyed beyond measure seeing your creativity Ron. As I reviewed the press conference content that this “injecting disinfectant” originated from, Trump was responding to the medical expert who elaborated on how efficiently disinfectants kill the virus on surfaces. I hear Trumps subsequent comments as “wouldn’t it be great if…” not that he had all the answers. He has worked tirelessly every day since this began, and continues to encourage optimism and hope through innovation. Everyday becomes an opportunity for the left/liberals to spin a “gotcha” moment and feed their need to make him out to be an idiot. Unfortunately I may need to disengage from this forum so as to not offend those who find this amusing.

    1. Ms. Brooked, thank you for taking the time to comment. I am sure this image is not what you expected to see when you open this post.

      I intended the image to be disturbing, to evoke emotion. Art and photography are often used as metaphors. And, in this case, the image represents the potentially dire consequences of Trump’s recent reckless statements.

      I was dumbfounded when he stated injecting disinfectants may be a cure for COVID-19. And then, to make matters worse, the next day he said it was all a joke, just sarcasm. We need the truth and scientific facts coming from the Presidential podium. Not musings, suggestions, or hypotheses, and certainly not sarcasm.

      The companies that make Clorox and Lysol felt compelled to put out statements warning against injecting or in any way ingesting their products. Many other healthcare professionals raised their concerns as well. Clearly, I am not alone.

      I do not find any of this amusing but felt I had to comment. I understand this is not what you would normally expect to see. My hope is that you better understand why I made the image.

  3. I do so appreciate your still-lifes – so beautifully done.

    1. Thanks, Alison, I hope you are well and safe.

  4. The following from John Beane was posted to another page but since it is about this post I wanted to re-post it here:

    Mr. Mayhew, I personally like your photography and as a shared owner of one of the fish shacks in Pine Island Sound, I have enjoyed your work showcasing one of my favorite places in the whole world.
    I am communicating with you over my dislike of your picture titled “Mr. President, Injecting Disinfectants is not a Cure for COVID-19”. You have every right to your opinions and every right to pursue your art in any way you choose. However, I think it is in poor taste.
    I don’t personally like our President, and obviously, you don’t either. However, I believe that he has done a great job as our President and I believe he is working very hard for the benefit of all Americans, even those like you who hate his being our President.
    Please continue with your fine art, as I believe you are destined to be one of America’s important artists. My only wish is that you keep your art separate from your political belief system. Thanks,
    John Beane
    1700 Casey Key Drive
    Punta Gorda, FL 33950

    1. Mr. Beane, thank you for your considered comment. I agree with most of what you say.

      However, I do not hate Mr. Trump or hate his being President, as you suggest. Judging me based on a single image is a bit of a stretch and unfair. Like you, I don’t like the man, but I have not the time or energy for hatred.

      I intended the still life image to be disturbing and evoke emotion. It is a metaphor for the consequences of Trump’s reckless and harmful statements. I was flabbergasted with his suggestion that injecting bleach may cure COVID-19. We need accurate and science-based statements only, not hypotheses, left unexplained.

      I felt compelled to comment. Out of place on my blog – sure! It is Mr. Trump’s statements and lack of communicating responsibly that are in poor taste.

      Again, thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate your kind words regarding my work.

      1. I found this post to be timely and meaningful. Not remotely out of place.

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