Political correctness continues to know no bounds, forcing artists to act unartistic.
Melbourne street artist Lushsux, was forced to cover up his bikini Hilary mural after Australia’s PC police threatened him with a council fine.
The Guardian reports that Maribyrnong council took issue with the original mural, which depicted Clinton wearing a revealing swimsuit with $100 notes tucked into it. The council said residents complained about the piece, which was painted on to the side wall of a scooter shop in Footscray, 5km west of Melbourne.
This is no longer a wall of a supposed “offensive and near naked” Hillary Clinton, a beautiful Muslim woman. pic.twitter.com/M7Uzr4gqBC
— LUSHSUX (@lushsux) August 1, 2016
The council chief executive, Stephen Wall, said the mural contravened its gender equity policy…
“We believe that this mural is offensive because of the depiction of a near-naked woman, not on the basis of disrespect to Hillary Clinton, and it is not in keeping with our stance on gender equity.”
“We contacted Victoria police to provide their opinion on the matter, and they deemed the mural to be offensive and in contravention of the Graffiti Prevention Act 2007, which council is responsible for enforcing.”
The city council also threatened the owner of the building with prosecution and a fine if the mural was not removed.
Lushsux had his Instagram account deleted after posting the image.
You can never suppress art and freedom of expression, so instead of removing the mural, Lushsux covered up the bikini by painting a niqab over the top of it, leaving Hillary’s eyes showing.
Lushsux then painted the message: “If this Muslim woman offends u, u r a bigot, racist, sexist Islamophobe.”
— streetartglobe (@streetartglobe) August 1, 2016
Clinton is not the only politician the Lushsux has depicted in his murals, though for some reason Australian authorities had no problem with this particular form of artistic expression. Lushsux however took no chances and painted over Melania’s “private parts” with little Trump heads.
Decided to censor my work now as not to cause any offence. pic.twitter.com/Q8awqqjsUj
— LUSHSUX (@lushsux) July 29, 2016