Melbourne graffiti artist Lushsux has now edited their contentious Hillary Clinton mural to depict “a beautiful Muslim woman” in a full-length niqab.
The Footscray mural, which showed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a revealing one-piece bathing suit emblazoned with the American flag, made international press due to its controversial nature. It gained wide negative criticism, including from the local Maribyrnong Council.
“We believe it is offensive because of the depiction of a near-naked woman, not on the basis of disrespect to Hillary Clinton, in accordance with the Graffiti Prevention Act 2007,” said Council chief executive Stephen Wall. He told ABC that the business owner had been asked to remove the mural.
The graf artist has branded the calls for the mural to be removed as “pathetic”.
Instead, they have now painted over Clinton’s body with a niqab, leaving only the politician’s eyes visible, as well as the following message:
“IF THIS MUSLIM WOMAN OFFENDS U, U R A BIGOT, RACIST, SEXIST, ISLAMOPHOBE.”
The artist posted an image of the newly updated mural on Instagram with the caption:
“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.”
The graffiti artist’s Instagram has now been fully reinstated (but is now set to private), after it was deleted recently.
Lushsux told multiple media outlets that they believed it was ‘censorship’ due to the Hillary mural, despite having recently gained infamy by painting a mural of Taylor Swift, who is notorious for issuing cease and desist letters for copyright breaches her image and name.
And it looks like the artist has no plans to slow down with the current narrative. Mere hours ago, the artist posted an image to Instagram requesting ‘mirror selfies’ from Muslim women:
“Looking for Muslim women to submit self shot [sic] mirror selfies while wearing a niqab, hijab, burka [sic] or any traditional dress for a huge mural wall painting…”
So, we’re sure we’ll see another of piece of recognisably Lushsux art up and around Melbs very shortly.
Photo: @lushsux / Instagram.