An Australian street artist was asked to ‘cover up’ a Hillary Clinton wall mural. The painting initially showed Clinton in a swimsuit made out of America’s flag with wads of money stuffed in its pockets. When asked to cover up, the artist, Lushsux, covered her up and put her in a Niqab with a quote on the side that said, “If this Muslim woman offends U, U R a bigot, racist, sexist, Islamophobe (sic)“.
However, soon after the ‘covering up’, the wall was painted all black by the city council, removing the mural completely.
Lushsux, who promotes his paintings on Twitter and Instagram, also had his Instagram blocked after he posted the image of Hillary Clinton’s painting. His account was eventually restored.
Talking to CNN-affiliated Nine News, Stephen Wall, Maribyrnong City Council CEO said, “We believe it is offensive because of the depiction of a near naked woman, not on the basis of disrespect to Hillary Clinton.”
The artist decided to cover up the mural after the threat of the city council seemed veritable. “This is no longer a wall of a supposed ‘offensive and near naked’ Hillary Clinton, it is now a depiction of a beautiful Muslim woman,” he posted on Instagram after the covering up. He even posted a video of himself painting the Niqab.
This is no longer a wall of a supposed “offensive and near naked” Hillary Clinton, it is now a depiction of a beautiful Muslim woman. No reasonable person would consider this offensive. If you do consider it offensive you are a sexist, racist, islamophobic, xenophobic, uncultured and ignorant bigot.
But the mural was removed painting the wall black.
Looks like the council wins. GG pic.twitter.com/oHtynW8v2Q
— LUSHSUX (@lushsux) August 2, 2016
Lushsux has previously painted nude images of Donald Trump and Melania Trump as well. However, those did not receive any flak and are still present. A mural as high as a two-storey building of Donald Trump has him naked, his privates covered by a painting of Hillary Clinton’s face, but that painting still exists. Another had a nude Melania Trump with the caption “I’m with her.” However, another street painting, showing a naked girl clicking selfies was painted over, effectively censoring it.
The artist has questioned the policies of free speech and censorship in Australia in various interviews that he has given after the incident.
Earlier in July, he painted Taylor Swift, announcing her demise after her spat with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. However, Taylor Swift’s attorney served him a legal notice over the piece. The painting was then turned into a dedication to gorilla Harambe killed in a zoo in Cincinnati after a three-year-old entered its enclosure.