When you’re willing to follow instructions from a Facebook group called “Christian Lives Matter,” you’re already a few fries short of a happy meal. So you will be shocked to discover that after one moron did their bidding to vandalize a mural of George Michael, he was quickly busted and lost his job.
Here’s a pro tip: If you’re going to try to destroy a public work of art, perhaps you shouldn’t do it in the middle of the day while wearing your work shirt.
It didn’t take long for internet sleuths to track down his employer at Azztek Stone. And it didn’t take long for the company to hand the man his pink slip.
“We at Azztek Stone strongly and vigorously condem [sic] the action taken by one of our employees. His actions in no way reflect on the beliefs held by the company, its policy and the belief of all other individuals employed by Azztek Stone,” the company said in a prepared statement. “The employee has been stood down and the company is willing to compensate for the damage that has been done and return the artwork to its original condition.”
“We apologise for any offence or harm the irresponsible actions of our employee might have caused.”
Thankfully, the story has a happy ending. While the artist says they will repair the damage done to the mural, some folks couldn’t wait. They painted lovely messages like “Too late. Love Won” and similar messages all over the black paint used to deface the mural.
Another mural, showing former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Catholic Church official George Pell in an “intimate” embrace beside the words “The happy ending,” was also recently defaced.
The same artist did another mural featuring Abbott marrying himself that has not been attacked. A third mural depicts a pair of Kanye Wests kissing.
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) November 17, 2017
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