The internet has exploded with memes mocking Donald Trump for signing bills and controversial executive orders, but in Sweden they’ve found a different way to make a point.
Over there, politicians have released a very similar photo with one significant difference.
Swedish deputy prime minister and climate minister Isabella Lovin posted a photo of her signing a climate change bill to her social media accounts Friday. Behind her stood a row of women, one of whom is even noticeably pregnant.
If it looks familiar it’s because Trump blasted out a very similar looking photo last month. But instead of enacting progressive, forward-thinking legislation, he was signing into effect the global gag order with a gaggle of older, white men behind him.
The order keeps federal funding away from NGOs abroad performing or even talking about abortions. The lack of women involved in the decision or depicted in the photo didn’t go unnoticed.
Lovin herself hasn’t explicitly said she was trolling Trump, but she hinted at her intention in a statement to The Local. We are a feminist government, which shows in this photo. Ultimately it is up to the observer to interpret the photo, she said.
Pop singer Ellie Goulding was one of many picking up on the similarities between the two diametrically opposed photo shoots. She praised the Swedish women in a tweet Friday.
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also joined in on the “signing important documents with people behind you” photo trend Friday with his post on cutting back coal regulations.
Be sure to notice the diverse group of men behind him: two have brown hair; one has a mustache; and one is sporting a vest.
We’ll wait for the all-women version of this one, too.