Social media users show monuments ‘attacking’ THEM in opposition to ‘racist’ landmarks campaign
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A series of tongue-in-cheek pictures showing statues fighting back against people has gone viral among social media users who oppose the vandalism of landmarks deemed ‘racist’.
Former British soldier and museum curator Ian Inglis of Dalkeith, Scotland, saw his Facebook post of images that have appeared online receive more than 20,000 shares in 48 hours.
The pictures emerged just a day after hundreds of far-right and pro-statue protesters gathered in London in anticipation of a Black Lives Matter demonstration, claiming they wanted to protect statues that have been targeted by vandals for being ‘racist’.
On Friday, statues in Parliament Square – including those of Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi – were boarded up to prevent them being targeted by protesters both from the Black Lives Matter movement and far-right groups.
In response, the social media campaign shows the statue community ‘fighting back’ with the effigies getting revenge on humans.
One image shows a photograph of a young boy being battered by the bat of a statue of a baseball player, while another shows a mythological figure battering a man with a war hammer.
Others include someone dressed as Spiderman being throttled by a statue and another of a woman in a business suit being sent flying with her papers in the air by a baseball batsman.
Statues from the animal world also get in on the act with effigies of a horse, an octopus and even a giant spider taking revenge on human beings and seemingly launching attacks.
Facebook poster Iain Devine, said: ‘Brilliant! It is just such a pity statues really cannot fight back against the cowardly, ignorant vandals who have no respect for our heritage’.
Ciara Walton said: ‘Made my day and made me laugh much more than it should have!’.
Barrie Wood said on Facebook: ‘While some have lost their common sense (or maybe a bit short of it in the first place) it’s nice to see others have retained their sense of humour’.
Richard Smith said: ‘I am sure there are a lot of statues that would like to be alive at the moment and I think Winston Churchill with a few brandies inside him would be one of them!’