2. Just a day after a 30-foot mural of Kim Kardashian’s famous nude selfie went up in a Melbourne laneway, someone has already scrawled the word “slut” over it.
3. Kardashian copped similar backlash when she first uploaded the selfie last week, causing her to write an essay on her blog for International Women’s Day about slut-shaming and owning your own body.
“I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin,” she wrote. “I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.”
4. The artist behind the mural, Lush Sux, told BuzzFeed News he wasn’t surprised by the vandalism.
“It was a given, considering the subject matter,” he said. “I’m bummed that people didn’t get more of a chance to interact with it and that someone felt the dire need to spray ‘slut’ across it.”
5. Lush Sux also said he was inspired to paint the Kardashian selfie as soon as he saw it on Instagram.
“If they [the public] get a laugh out of it, it’s worth doing. I’m not trying to stop global warming single-handedly or fight our ‘evil corporate overlords’ or something — it’s just some fun.”