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August 23, 2011

Of Course It Was.Of Course It Does.

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Martin Luther King memorial made in China - Telegraph
There has been controversy over the choice of Lei Yixin, a 57-year-old master sculptor from Changsha in Hunan province, to carry out the work. Critics have openly asked why a black, or at least an American, artist was not chosen and even remarked that Dr King appears slightly Asian in Mr Lei's rendering.

You were expecting, maybe, a Daniel Chester French? Silly rabbit, we no longer have time for the good, the beautiful, or even whether or not something is true.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 23, 2011 9:37 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The statue has a whiff of Mao about it, huh.

Posted by: Deborah at August 23, 2011 10:59 AM

That's the Emperor look. "We" are not amused.

Posted by: james wilson at August 23, 2011 11:05 AM

It does have the wiff of Mao about it....

Posted by: mare at August 23, 2011 11:30 AM

All your race cards are belong to us.

Posted by: ahem at August 23, 2011 12:55 PM

"The statue has a whiff of Mao about it, huh."

You're right... Doesn't sit well with me at all.

Posted by: newton at August 23, 2011 2:20 PM

Sounds a bit like the bitching about the woman who designed the Vietnam war memorial.

Posted by: Eric Blair at August 23, 2011 5:23 PM

Bitching? Hardly. It's fitting that a Chicom put his mark on Obama's legacy. Oh, and MLK especially due to the later years of his career didn't deserve anything better. It's just a damn shame he's there at all. There goes the neighborhood.

Posted by: I-RIGHT-I at August 23, 2011 5:41 PM

For what it's worth, Lenin's statues in the various 'Stans also had Asiatic features.

"G*d looks like whoever you want G*d to be..."

Posted by: Pappy at August 23, 2011 5:55 PM

It looks like an Olmec stonemason carved it and forgot the helmet...

Posted by: BillT at August 23, 2011 6:04 PM

I saw fascist monument.

Posted by: Fat Man at August 23, 2011 6:40 PM

I can't wait until they unveil the Al Jolson Memorial across the Tidal Pool from MegaKing.

Jolson was genuinely the World's Greatest Entertainer. King's legitimacy as a "reverend", a "doctor", and person named "Martin Luther" is, well, questionable.

Posted by: Robert Oculus III at August 23, 2011 6:46 PM

Don't worry, we're taking it down after the revolution.

Posted by: Casca at August 23, 2011 7:30 PM

Think about all the MLK Memorial Squalors that besiege us now: Housing projects that are rat infested slums harboring violence, drug addiction, despair and death.

All the 8-lane highways that bear his initials, with high walls on either side, disfigured by illiterate graffiti and garbage. High walls to keep the highway noise down in the projects that bear his initials. High walls to keep the snipers from sniping.

All those dysfunctional schools whose names are Martin Luther King Junior High, where there is no learning, no studying, no achievement in anything but getting knocked up and drugged out, beat up, and dead.

Black American urban blightvilles would do better by simply naming all their cemeteries after Martin Luther King, Jr. At least that would be honest.

Posted by: Jewel at August 24, 2011 2:17 AM

I wish I could remember the blog, but someone labelled it, "Ming the Merciless."

Posted by: bob sykes at August 24, 2011 5:37 AM

11 inches higher than Jefferson and Lincoln? Really?

Posted by: RedCarolina at August 24, 2011 6:36 AM

The stance of the statue (arms crossed close to the chest, legs slightly apart) looks like Orvil Faubus or George Wallace standing in front of schoolhouse doors.

Posted by: St. Thor at August 24, 2011 8:00 AM

And MLK's family charged us $800,000 to use "his words" on the memorial...
Disgusting.
I thought his words were ALL our words?
But how fitting...
His words have been used as a money-making scam by those usurping his image for 50 years, be it Jesse or Al extorting corporations, or affirmative action in our government, military, schools, etc...
And ultimately we have his dream come true, in their twisted version, for in the White House resides a man who is there because of the color of his skin, not the content of his character.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at August 24, 2011 10:19 AM

It's extremely white.

Posted by: scory at August 24, 2011 1:29 PM

it 'plagiarist'.

Posted by: Peccable at August 24, 2011 2:46 PM

That's "Someone will tag it 'plagiarist'.

Posted by: Peccable at August 24, 2011 2:47 PM

Mao Lu King Honorable Memorial. White Chinaman Yankee Devil.

Posted by: Jewel at August 24, 2011 5:05 PM

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