Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Mermaid Problems

I won't go through the whole history of The Little Mermaid, because frankly it isn't terribly interesting, but I am going to assume everyone out there, did at least know that it was, in fact, a book first. Hans Christian Andersen, holla! This was millions of years before Disney created that slut Ariel, who turned into quite the cashcow for them. But hey, she was kinda hot. Still is. But when you think about it, she is also a horribly role models for young girls.

Anyway, in Copenhagen, home of fableist Hans Christian (see above) there is a statue of the Little Mermaid. It is tiny, I've actually seen it, and entirely not worth it. But this statue has been through some serious s&*!

Here's what I thought you should know:
This statue has been vandalised several times, but has each time been restored. On 24 April 1964, the statue's head was sawn off and stolen by politically oriented artists of the situationist movement, amongst them Jørgen Nash. The head was never recovered and a new head was produced and placed on the statue. On 22 July 1984, her right arm was sawn off. The arm was returned 2 days later by two embarrassed young vandals. In 1990 another attempt was made to cut her head off, which resulted in an 18 cm deep cut in the neck. On 6 January 1998, she lost her head for the second time, the culprits were never found, but the head was returned anonymously to a nearby TV station, and on 4 February the head was back on.
Red paint has been thrown on her several times, including one episode in 1961 where her hair was painted red and a bra was painted on her. On 11 September 2003, the statue was blasted off its rock, possibly with dynamite. The Little Mermaid was also draped in a burka as a statement about Turkey joining the European Union. On March 8, 2006, a dildo was attached to the statue's hand, green paint was dumped over it, and the words March 8 were written on it. It is suspected that this vandalism has something to with International Women's Day (which is on March 8) and that it was committed by anti-feminists. On March 3, 2007, the statue was again covered with pink paint. Recently, Copenhagen officials have announced that the statue may be moved further out in the harbour, as to avoid vandalism and tourists climbing onto it. In May 2007, the statue was covered with paint by vandals. On May 20, 2007, it was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf.
Thanks Wikipedia. Roland Garros (French Open) picks imminently!

Who thought the Little Mermaid was so political? I thought she was just another hot little Disney character.

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