US Senator Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday, January 27, to donate to charities the 1.8 million dollars (1.5 million euros) collected from the sales of products stamped with the now famous AFP photo showing him alone, wrapped up with folded arms during the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Immortalized during Joe Biden’s investiture on January 20, by Agence France-Presse photographer Brendan Smialowski, this moment inspired thousands of humorous photomontages around the world, strengthening the former progressive candidate for the presidential, with a passionate tone and often grumpy air, in his status as an internet star.
Independent senator from Vermont raised $ 1.8 million “In five days for charities” of this rural state in the northeastern United States, through sales of products showing it “With his mittens” on the day of the inauguration of the new Democratic president, January 20, explains a press release.
T-shirts, sweaters and other derivative products went on sale on its site on the evening of January 21 and stocks were exhausted in thirty minutes. New products added this weekend had all been sold on Monday morning, said this press release.
“This sum cannot replace the action of Congress”
“Jane”, his wife, “And I are in awe of the creativity shown by so many people (…) and we are delighted to help Vermonters in need”, he wrote in a statement. “But even this sum cannot replace congressional action and I will do what I can in Washington to make sure workers in Vermont and across the country get the support they need in the midst of the world’s worst crisis.” that we’ve been through since the Great Depression ”, added the senator, self-proclaimed socialist.
Getty Images, the agency that distributes AFP photos in the United States, “Will donate the income” from the merchandising deal to the charity Meals on Wheels, the statement said.
Brendan Smialowski judge “Impressive” the evolution of this image “And all its variations”. “When I took this photo, I thought it was a good time, which was worth a few shots”, he told AFP on Wednesday. “Although I never expect, and never seek, that my work will go viral or turn into memes”, these humorous montages, “This does not surprise me in the sense that the Internet, and social networks, are unpredictable”, he added. “The Internet looks like a wild animal, hard to anticipate and hard to tame. “