Copenhagen's Little Mermaid Statue Doused With paint -- Again

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish officials on Tuesday hosed down Copenhagen’s famed Little Mermaid after the statue was found doused with red paint.

On the ground in front of the statue was written in the red, in English, “Denmark defend the whales of the Faeroe Islands” — likely a reference to the drive hunting of pilot whales in the North Atlantic islands during the summer months, Danish media say.

Authorities on the Faeroe Islands allow islanders to drive herds of pilot whales into shallow waters, where they are stabbed to death. The meat and blubber are shared afterward in the non-commercial slaughter, a practice that dates from the late 16th century. The whales are not an endangered species.
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This masterpiece was not permanently damaged, but others have been:

Vatican marks anniversary of 1972 attack on Michelangelo's Pieta | Reuters

European public art is among the most revered and publically important in the world. What is the impact on that nation's citizens when a person who objects to some policy (or to war-making, or to public nudity, etc.) destroys or damages that art?

Your thoughts?
 
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I think it's a shame. What does this iconic little statue have to do with a 16th century practice? The stupidity and carelessness of some people is appalling. Why destroy the enjoyment of art work for a personal issue?
 
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I also anhor many cruel hunting practices, such as seal clubbing here in Canada. Vandalizing art is not a good answer though.
 
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Absolutely no impact. The media will just ignore it and people won't talk about it.
Apparently we are talking about it.

IMO, this is akin to vandalism in Jewish cemeteries, which is an epidemic in the US since Trump's election.

It has symbolic impact, causing anguish far above the dollar and cents costs of property damage.
 
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I also anhor many cruel hunting practices, such as seal clubbing here in Canada. Vandalizing art is not a good answer though.
Obviously "not good", except that the destruction of Stalin monuments in the era, in Russia, immediately after the end of the Cold War was a visual symbol of the end of repression.

Do you agree?
 
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Obviously "not good", except that the destruction of Stalin monuments in the era, in Russia, immediately after the end of the Cold War was a visual symbol of the end of repression.

Do you agree?
Some people who worked on that statue and felt it served as a legitimate reminder of a period in their history might object to the destruction of the statue.

The Taliban thinks it is similarly symbolic to destroy priceless irreplaceable art that isn't properly Muslim. Do you agree with them?
 
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Apparently we are talking about it.

IMO, this is akin to vandalism in Jewish cemeteries, which is an epidemic in the US since Trump's election.

It has symbolic impact, causing anguish far above the dollar and cents costs of property damage.
Or Russian atheist militants these days chopping down crosses

and damaging other religious objects; which they see as resistance to the rising political power of the Orthodox Church.

Except this doesn't really hurt the Church in any meaningful way; and enrages many rank and file believers against the atheists.

Now, in turn, you have "Orthodox Patrols"

Violent vigilantes, who hunt the atheist vandals aiming to exact their holy vengeance upon them...

Nastiness begets only nastiness in return...
 
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Apparently we are talking about it.

IMO, this is akin to vandalism in Jewish cemeteries, which is an epidemic in the US since Trump's election.

It has symbolic impact, causing anguish far above the dollar and cents costs of property damage.
She has been through much worse than that. She's been decapitated a couple of times, blown off her rock, too. It's a piece of bronze, it can be mended.
 

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