8-Foot-Tall 'Demon-Looking' Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tribute In NYC Perplexes Viewers As Much As MLK Statue

January 27th, 2023 - 11:47 AM EST by Adam Downer

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It is a rough era for commemorative statues, as just weeks after Boston unveiled a confusing "tribute" to Martin Luther King called The Embrace, New York City has followed up with an 8-foot-tall "tribute" to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that many commenters feel resembles a "literal demon."

The piece stands outside a New York City courthouse and was done by artist Shahzia Sikander, who said the statue is not meant to resemble Ginsburg but is meant to represent "a fierce woman and a form of resistance in a space that has historically been dominated by patriarchal representation."

This metaphor was evidently lost on most viewers who instead saw the statue's tentacle arms, horn-shaped braids, and lotus flower base and believed it looked more like a "satanic golden medusa demon," as it was put by NYC councilwoman Vickie Paladino.

Others on social media echoed such sentiments, with many noting that such a "tribute" to RBG probably wouldn't be far off from the sort of depiction her critics would make. As if to prove that point, Tucker Carlson quipped that perhaps the statue was meant to "honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her unflinching support for child sacrifice."

Some online also drew different comparisons to characters from pop culture — none of them particularly flattering.

For now, New York City will have to live with its brand-new Medusa RBG looking down on its citizens. In the meantime, perhaps a moratorium on tribute statues for deceased, famous icons from politics is in order until we figure out how to stop this from happening over and over.

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