Mayor Who OKed Trump Blimp Gets Own Balloon

Khan OKs 29-foot bikini balloon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 31, 2018 3:45 AM CDT
London Mayor OK's Balloon Depicting Him in a Bikini
In this Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 photo provided by Yanny Bruere, a blimp of London Mayor Sadiq Khan is seen in a workshop in Oxfordshire, England.   (Yanny Bruere/via AP)

Critics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan have been given permission to fly a giant balloon over London that depicts him dressed in a bikini. Organizer Yanny Bruere has raised more than $75,000 through the Crowdfunder website for the 29-foot blimp as part of a campaign to oust Khan from his post, the AP reports. Khan angered some people in the British capital and elsewhere last month when he allowed a balloon caricaturing President Trump as an angry baby to float above the city while the president was in England. Bruere cites rising crime and "defending free speech" as factors in his anti-Khan campaign.

A City Hall spokeswoman says the balloon has permission to fly Saturday over Parliament Square. Permission has also been received from police and air traffic controllers. The balloon was a reference to a "Beach body ready" ad that Khan banned in 2016, saying that as the father of two teenage girls, he was "extremely concerned" about advertising that made women feel ashamed of their bodies. "If people want to spend their Saturday looking at me in a yellow bikini they're welcome to do so," Khan said Friday, per the BBC. "I don't really think yellow's my color though."

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