One Costly Sweet Potato

 

The new sculpture unveiled in Boston Commons to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day is drawing comments, controversy, and well … creative observations. For example, as I viewed the new sculpture from a safe vantage point in Florida, I had to complete my Cologuard requirements and get them shipped off today, holiday aside. The box said don’t delay shipping it back, even if it’s a weekend or holiday, so I didn’t delay.

This is an important step when getting older, to keep up preventative maintenance, which includes shipping off something that I thought (cough) resembles the new sculpture. I’m sorry. I see the arms — I don’t see the rest of the message in the right light. Maybe another day it’ll look different?

I showed the image to my husband, who’s Southern. “It looks like a giant sweet potato. What the hell is it supposed to be? What’s for dinner?” So much for art.

Then I came across another story on this momentous unveiling. They were less than generous in their view of this new, very large piece held up by two arms.  Here is the story … and they need to go to confession. Sheesh!

We studied the great liberator MLK, Jr., in school. We had to memorize a speech he gave. You know it: the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. My cousin marched in DC with him. He changed a nation and a culture, and led a movement in peace. He should be honored with a decent statue and, most of all, his words written on a plaque. He should be taught to the Woke generation because his words ring hollow to them today, in my opinion.

He never raised a hand in violence or advocated for the abolishment of law and order. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who deserves a better sculpture. He supported equality for all, and I hope most of all, that is remembered on his holiday.

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  1. Fritz Coolidge
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    @Fritz

    Sweet potato was what occurred to me as well. Regardless of what was intended, it is truly an ugly monstrosity that mocks a great American.

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  2. Stina Member
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    @CM

    Wow. That is unfortunate.

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  3. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Even if the “artist” accurately includes their real fingerprints, it’s still awful.

    What’s next, a “sculpture” of their feet, with accurate toe-jam?

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  4. Not a Gubmint Spy Member
    Not a Gubmint Spy
    @OldDanRhody

    Front Seat Cat:   He should be honored with a decent statue

    He is; e.g. this one in Atlanta:

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue Unveiled at the State Capitol ...

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  5. kedavis Coolidge
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    Not a Gubmint Spy (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat: He should be honored with a decent statue

    He is; e.g. this one in Atlanta:

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue Unveiled at the State Capitol ...

     

    I think the point is that EVERY statue of him should be decent.

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  6. Chris Williamson Member
    Chris Williamson
    @ChrisWilliamson

    On Twitter antiracist historian Ibram X. Kendi called the sculpture “breathtaking.” He was not being ironic.

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  7. Charlotte Member
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    @Charlotte

    Hilarious post title 😂😂😂

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  8. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Chris Williamson (View Comment):

    On Twitter antiracist historian Ibram X. Kendi called the sculpture “breathtaking.” He was not being ironic.

    Kendi himself is “breathtaking,” and not in a good way.

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  9. Front Seat Cat Member
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    @FrontSeatCat

    Not a Gubmint Spy (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat: He should be honored with a decent statue

    He is; e.g. this one in Atlanta:

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue Unveiled at the State Capitol ...

    The Boston art committee needs to visit Atlanta…….

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  10. E. Kent Golding Member
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    Chris Williamson (View Comment):

    On Twitter antiracist historian Ibram X. Kendi called the sculpture “breathtaking.” He was not being ironic.

    Yeah,  Kendi is a malevolent idiot.  And I LIKE sweet potatoes.

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  11. navyjag Coolidge
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    @navyjag

    Some of us older guys have different takes on that object. 

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  12. Steve Fast Coolidge
    Steve Fast
    @SteveFast

    Looks like she is hauling a certain body part of MLK’s somewhere. Maybe she is taking it to J. Edgar Hoover.

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  13. Western Chauvinist Member
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    @WesternChauvinist

    It’s a hideous monstrosity defacing (literally) the Boston Commons. Maybe 100 years from now when the country retrieves its sanity it will be removed. Not in our lifetimes, sadly. 

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  14. Addiction Is A Choice Member
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    @AddictionIsAChoice

    The Left’s rejection of MLK’s colorblind dream is of a piece with their tepid backing of the military:  “We support the troops not the mission.”

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  15. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    You wouldn’t know that “sweet potato” had anything to do with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. either by its appearance or the title of the monstrosity . . .

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  16. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Just saw this in the Bee this morning:

    https://babylonbee.com/news/harriet-tubman-honored-with-statue-of-her-left-big-toe

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  17. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist
    @WesternChauvinist

    Look at how wonderful this might have been (photos of original embrace).

    https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2023/01/13/photos-the-embrace-sculpture-mlk-jr-coretta-scott-king-boston-common/

    Such an attractive couple — and recognizable with their heads on! — in such a tender moment. Instead we have this faceless, anonymous turd laid in historic Boston Commons. And a poorly executed one at that!

    We can only hope the “artist” (using the word ironically) gets sued for copyright infringement and the thing is melted down as scrap metal. It reminds me that every MLK Blvd I’ve ever been on in any city is in the worst neighborhood. It’s almost as if postmodernist “progressives” hate MLK. So much for content of character.

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  18. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    @RandyWeivoda

    There are some amusing observations over in this post as well.

    https://ricochet.com/1374842/non-locality-i-wish/

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  19. Charlotte Member
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    @Charlotte

    I finally figured out what exactly the sculpture reminds me of. A sweet potato is close (well done, FSC!) but the weird arm in the post photo is a dead ringer for the Mutter Museum’s Megacolon

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  20. kedavis Coolidge
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Just saw this in the Bee this morning:

    https://babylonbee.com/news/harriet-tubman-honored-with-statue-of-her-left-big-toe

    Yes, and I put this on another thread yesterday for easy sharing:

     

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  21. Henry Castaigne Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Just saw this in the Bee this morning:

    https://babylonbee.com/news/harriet-tubman-honored-with-statue-of-her-left-big-toe

    Yes, and I put this on another thread yesterday for easy sharing:

     

    The Babylon Bee really outdid themselves here thank you for quoting it.

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  22. kedavis Coolidge
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Just saw this in the Bee this morning:

    https://babylonbee.com/news/harriet-tubman-honored-with-statue-of-her-left-big-toe

    Yes, and I put this on another thread yesterday for easy sharing:

     

    The Babylon Bee really outdid themselves here thank you for quoting it.

    I like to put the whole thing up, not just the first image.  And since the Bee stories are (always, at least in my experience) short, it doesn’t take a lot of work.  (And since they’re images, “word count” doesn’t matter.)

    Like with this other recent one:

     

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  23. Flicker Coolidge
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Look at how wonderful this might have been (photos of original embrace).

    https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2023/01/13/photos-the-embrace-sculpture-mlk-jr-coretta-scott-king-boston-common/

    Such an attractive couple — and recognizable with their heads on! — in such a tender moment. Instead we have this faceless, anonymous turd laid in historic Boston Commons. And a poorly executed one at that!

    We can only hope the “artist” (using the word ironically) gets sued for copyright infringement and the thing is melted down as scrap metal. It reminds me that every MLK Blvd I’ve ever been on in any city is in the worst neighborhood. It’s almost as if postmodernist “progressives” hate MLK. So much for content of character.

    And has to refund the $10 million.

    The thing that cinches it for me is that the texture and folds of MLK’s sleeve in no way looks like cloth; it doesn’t look like a sleeve at all.  This cannot be a mistake but done deliberately.  It is deliberately misleading, and probably deliberately evocative of something deliberately different as well.

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  24. JoshuaFinch Coolidge
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    Steve Fast (View Comment):

    Looks like she is hauling a certain body part of MLK’s somewhere. Maybe she is taking it to J. Edgar Hoover.

    MLK was an insatiable philanderer which lends credence to your imaginings.

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  25. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Look at how wonderful this might have been (photos of original embrace).

    https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2023/01/13/photos-the-embrace-sculpture-mlk-jr-coretta-scott-king-boston-common/

    Such an attractive couple — and recognizable with their heads on! — in such a tender moment. Instead we have this faceless, anonymous turd laid in historic Boston Commons. And a poorly executed one at that!

    We can only hope the “artist” (using the word ironically) gets sued for copyright infringement and the thing is melted down as scrap metal. It reminds me that every MLK Blvd I’ve ever been on in any city is in the worst neighborhood. It’s almost as if postmodernist “progressives” hate MLK. So much for content of character.

    And has to refund the $10 million.

    The thing that cinches it for me is that the texture and folds of MLK’s sleeve in no way looks like cloth; it doesn’t look like a sleeve at all. This cannot be a mistake but done deliberately. It is deliberately misleading, and probably deliberately evocative of something deliberately different as well.

    There’s supposed to be a sleeve??

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  26. Flicker Coolidge
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    @Flicker

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Look at how wonderful this might have been (photos of original embrace).

    https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2023/01/13/photos-the-embrace-sculpture-mlk-jr-coretta-scott-king-boston-common/

    Such an attractive couple — and recognizable with their heads on! — in such a tender moment. Instead we have this faceless, anonymous turd laid in historic Boston Commons. And a poorly executed one at that!

    We can only hope the “artist” (using the word ironically) gets sued for copyright infringement and the thing is melted down as scrap metal. It reminds me that every MLK Blvd I’ve ever been on in any city is in the worst neighborhood. It’s almost as if postmodernist “progressives” hate MLK. So much for content of character.

    And has to refund the $10 million.

    The thing that cinches it for me is that the texture and folds of MLK’s sleeve in no way looks like cloth; it doesn’t look like a sleeve at all. This cannot be a mistake but done deliberately. It is deliberately misleading, and probably deliberately evocative of something deliberately different as well.

    There’s supposed to be a sleeve??

    What I first thought was a manatee fetus was really MLK’s right arm, wearing a dress jacket.

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  27. Western Chauvinist Member
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    @WesternChauvinist

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Look at how wonderful this might have been (photos of original embrace).

    https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2023/01/13/photos-the-embrace-sculpture-mlk-jr-coretta-scott-king-boston-common/

    Such an attractive couple — and recognizable with their heads on! — in such a tender moment. Instead we have this faceless, anonymous turd laid in historic Boston Commons. And a poorly executed one at that!

    We can only hope the “artist” (using the word ironically) gets sued for copyright infringement and the thing is melted down as scrap metal. It reminds me that every MLK Blvd I’ve ever been on in any city is in the worst neighborhood. It’s almost as if postmodernist “progressives” hate MLK. So much for content of character.

    And has to refund the $10 million.

    The thing that cinches it for me is that the texture and folds of MLK’s sleeve in no way looks like cloth; it doesn’t look like a sleeve at all. This cannot be a mistake but done deliberately. It is deliberately misleading, and probably deliberately evocative of something deliberately different as well.

    There’s supposed to be a sleeve??

    What I first thought was a manatee fetus was really MLK’s right arm, wearing a dress jacket.

    You’re too kind 

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  28. Django Member
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    @Django

    The Bee is all over this: GoFundMe Page Started To Help Complete MLK Statue | Babylon Bee

     

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  29. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Django (View Comment):

    The Bee is all over this: GoFundMe Page Started To Help Complete MLK Statue | Babylon Bee

     

    I’d prefer a GoFundMe page to remove what’s already there.

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  30. Henry Castaigne Member
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    JoshuaFinch (View Comment):

    Steve Fast (View Comment):

    Looks like she is hauling a certain body part of MLK’s somewhere. Maybe she is taking it to J. Edgar Hoover.

    MLK was an insatiable philanderer which lends credence to your imaginings.

    Why. MLK was all Jesus this and Jesus that and don’t be racist because of Jesus but when it came to women. … He was despicable. I don’t get his deal.

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