What is up with these statues?!

If you look into its eyes, you may turn to stone.

Okay, I’d like to think that I’m a person with good tastes. I love great music, food, entertainment, and I love to sit back and enjoy God’s handiwork as it’s shown in nature. I feel very privileged to have lived as long as I have and to have been able to enjoy some of the pleasures I’ve come across in my life. However, with the good, there also necessitates some room for the bad. This statue is titled “NOW” and was created by a Pakistani sculptor named Shahzia Sikander. The 53-year old dedicated her piece to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the late Supreme Court Justice and iconic champion of women’s “rights” to murder their unborn children in the name of “reproductive rights.” In other words, the Medusa/Cleopatra hybrid statue is a symbol of death, rising as a grave marker above the millions of children that have been murdered for the sake of “convenience.” It is also being hailed as the first female statue to sit atop the courthouse in the Flatiron District of NYC and as a symbol of resistance against the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court on June 24, 2022. In my opinion, maybe Ms. Sikander should have painted her “masterpiece” blood red to symbolize the blood that covers the hands of abortion providers and the politicians who support them. Also, I think Cleodusa should carry a scythe in one of her, er, tentacles, which would make her a perfect match and soulmate for the Grim Reaper.

This statue should be sent back to where it came from (I’ll leave it to your imagination where that is).

Cover your eyes, little Johnnie. This is something you shouldn’t see!

Next, we have this “impressive” piece of art, courtesy of artist, Hank Willis Thomas (and $10,000,000).

Do you remember the episode in Everybody Loves Raymond, in which Marie Barone (Doris Roberts) decides to take up sculpting? She creates what she thinks is a masterpiece without realizing it looks too familiar to something else. Her family realizes this but they are reluctant to tell her. Finally, someone explains its similarity to, um, something else and she feels deep shame for not realizing it. Well, the above statue reminded me of that episode in that its creator didn’t seem to notice its similarity to something that all eyes in the public aren’t meant to see. Of course, those who understand what Mr. Thomas was trying to create1 will try to overlook his artistic faux pas, but many others have no qualms about expressing their views about it; and, boy! The critics did not hold back! I won’t repeat what I have read here as I think the above picture serves as a good reason why the criticisms were so harsh (once again, use your imagination). I guess it is true that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. My opinion is that before one goes public with his “masterpiece,” he should do a test run with a selected few people to get a preview of the public’s response. If you were to ask me, I think this monstrosity is an example of how to waste $10,000,000. Finally, as to what object Mrs. Barone’s sculpture shared a similarity with, I’ll leave it to you to do your research to find that specific episode and learn for yourself. Together, we can move forward to stamp out bad (and expensive) art.

You all have a good day and I’ll see you on the rebound.

1The statue, The Embrace, was to represent the embrace Dr. King and his wife gave one another upon learning he had won the Nobel Peace Prize. I agree the artist’s intentions were noble, but he didn’t quite stick the landing.

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