Two movements are simultaneously shaking America to its core: #BlackLivesMatter and Cancel Culture. These two movements should not be intertwined (in fact, Cancel Culture should not be a movement at all), but, unfortunately, they are. Any statue or artifact that does not coincide with the popular train of thought at this exact juncture in time is in danger of being removed by the Cancel Police. The Abraham Lincoln statue in Boston? Vandalized with a petition created to have it removed. Jefferson Davis statue? Gone. Christopher Columbus statue? Beheaded. Statues of Confederate figures in Virginia? Chiseled and hammered to the ground as a local brass band played in the background. CNN analyst Angela Rye is calling for even more statues to be removed, including those of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Even though parts of American history are hard to stomach, it is still a part of our nation’s history. We cannot, and should not, rewrite history to fit our emotions of the present day.
Since we are in the spirit of taking down statues and other honoring monuments, for sometimes dubious and short-sighted reasons, here are a few more we should consider taking down because circumstances surrounding these individuals could be considered offensive, to someone out there.
Widely considered the NBA’s G.O.A.T., a statue of Michael Jordan’s likeness was erected outside the United Center in 1994. MJ has kept a pretty clean public profile over the years. Even his character flaws highlighted on ESPN’s The Last Dance created more sympathy for him. The dark cloud over MJ, however, could be connected to his shoes. Air Jordans are made in China and reportedly cost about $16 to make. The workers are grotesquely underpaid and work in borderline inhumane conditions, while the fruits of their labor generate billions of dollars in revenue for elite Americans. Hard labor, inhumane work conditions, oppressive superiors watching over you. Sound familiar?
In 1993, a statue of Walt Disney holding hands with his greatest cartoon creation, Mickey Mouse, was erected. Disney has brought hours upon hours of entertainment to children all over the globe. But did you know that Mickey was possibly inspired by a racial caricature named Jigaboo? Actually, that is not true. Mickey Mouse was first released on October 1, 1928. Jigaboo was released in 1994. Jigaboo could have possibly been inspired by Mickey Mouse instead of the other way around. But the social media racism enforcers say that Walt Disney and Mickey represent racism, so that statue should be removed.
Air is a series of statues created by French sculptor Aristide Maillol. The sculptures are modeled after French singer, actress, and art dealer Dina Vierny. These are nude sculptures, which were a source of great controversy in the 14th century. At the time, sculptures of nude women were supposed to represent their purity and youth. However, female nudity was considered “dangerous and polluting” to men. As a result, a large movement to censor the art of nude women ensued. Well, history could repeat itself. As the concept of censorship remains a hot button topic in today’s society, certain people might want to censor nude statues because they do not want their children subject to such images, instead of using it as a teaching moment. Never mind the fact that children as young as the age of eight are accessing pornography on computers and phones. Let us ban all nude statues!
50 Cent’s Hollywood WOF Star
January 30, 2020, was the date that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Having sold over 30 million records, he is one of the top-selling artists of the Nielsen Soundscan era. He has had a lasting positive impact on Hip-Hop, pioneered many charitable foundations, and financially changed the lives of countless people. But...in his previous life, before music, he sold drugs. He has lyrics promoting violence and many other negative actions that our children should not be listening to. His star should be removed immediately.
Nicki Minaj’s Wax Statue
Madame Tussauds is a world-famous wax museum in London, with several smaller locations in other cities around the world. Celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Ozzy Osbourne, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have had wax replicas created of them. Another replica is one of Hip-Hop and Pop sensation Nicki Minaj. The unveiling of the statue brought out all the Twitter comedians as they made fun of the creation. But why should Nicki Minaj get a wax statue? She promotes the over-sexualization of black women, she did not stand up to Doja Cat for her racist remarks, and she had that one really “offensive” punchline about Rosa Parks. That cannot be tolerated. Let’s melt that statue!
Giraffe Statue at Dallas Zoo
Giraffes are one of the more popular animals in the animal kingdom. They are easily distinguishable from many other mammals. As a result, the Dallas Zoo erected a statue of the animal that stands 67 feet tall and is billed as the “tallest statue in Texas”. Unfortunately, giraffes have a negative impact on the trees that they eat from. The trees’ growth can be stunted for many years after the giraffe is done feeding on them, negatively affecting our environment. This will surely make environmentalists unhappy. One such animal cannot be honored with a statue. Let us topple the tallest statue in Texas.