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2nd August 2016

Hillary Clinton bikini mural covered with niqab after public decency complaints (theguardian.com).

Hilary Clinton, Melbourne mural
“Melbourne street artist [Lushsux] who was threatened with a council fine over a provocative mural he painted of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has responded by covering her image with a niqab. 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. In a statement, the council said the mural contravened its gender equity policy. … As well as the council threatening the owner of the building with prosecution and a fine if the mural was not removed, the artist, known as Lushsux, had his Instagram account deleted after posting the image to the social media platform. However instead of removing the mural, Lushsux covered up the swimsuit by painting a niqab over the top of it, leaving only Clinton’s eyes showing. Next to his work, he painted the message: ‘If this Muslim woman offends u, u r a bigot, racist, sexist Islamophobe.’”

Seemingly suggesting he needed to mural Tom Hiddleston twerking or something by Tom of Finland to even things up, or that the seemingly very much pro-Clinton Facebook (which owns Instagram) or Clinton’s super PAC is indeed doing its merry best to democratically “correct” social media (progressivearmy.com, Apr. 2016).

Doing Donald Trump and his wife Melania too, Lushsux you may remember has put pop culture to good and at times opportunely hopeful use with those murals to pimp his scooters: Lozano Sux painted a mural of Kim K’s seemingly #BreakTheInternetI’veNothingToWear selfie on a wall in Melbourne, less than 48 hours later, someone wrote “SLUT” on it (celebrityoopsdigest.blogspot.co.uk, 7th Mar., updated 17th Mar. 2016).

LushSux, Instagram

But, hey, why not, it seems to polemically work for rappin’ tailor beau of that first mural: Taylor Swift livid and horrified over Kanye West “Famous” music video (Latest Picks 26th June 2016).

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