down and out on the app store

in early january a colleague of mine mentioned that his girlfriend, adobe creative resident Syd Weiler, had launched a sticker pack on facebook and the apple app store. the trash doves sticker pack was very popular especially in thailand. fast forward 2 weeks and she has been sent death threats, her address posted online for hate mail to be sent to her... or worse. 

the trash dove had (relatively overnight) become a meme of the alt-right, sucked into 4chan and the dark web. it was no longer a sticker pack, it became symbolic (like pepe) of fascism. 

i'm fascinated by the situation Syd Weiler was put in, how her creation of trash doves was turned into a meme within the space of a fortnight, and how she's embroiled in a conversation/debate she had never intended. the stickers pack have subsequently been removed from the apple app store. insane.

this is a project to document Syd's rise and fall (and rise again, for sure) with her creation of the trash dove. archive material below.

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The Department of Homeland Security's Kek Commander of memetic warfare delivers a message to America about the evil Alt Right Trash Dove conspiracy. Stay Safespace!