New MLK Sculpture Mercilessly Mocked Online

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At a glance

  • A new sculpture dedicated to Civil Rights Activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sparked controversy when its unveiling garnered a mixed response from social media users, some of whom pointed out that the public artwork has a nearly phallic shape.
  • “The Embrace,” a statue commissioned in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was revealed in the Boston Common park to a crowd of onlookers and online viewers Friday morning. While the art is supposed to depict “the arms, shoulders and hands” of Dr. King and his wife Coretta Scott King “hugging after Martin received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964,” it reminded some people of something less noble.

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