Anti-racism work of art is causing a stir: 'Looks like a sick joke'

A painting of three monkeys. It is what an artist has created, for he is of the Italian league, Serie A, was tasked to create an anti-racism work. Yes, you re

Anti-racism work of art is causing a stir: 'Looks like a sick joke'

A painting of three monkeys. It is what an artist has created, for he is of the Italian league, Serie A, was tasked to create an anti-racism work.

Yes, you read that right. Three monkeys.

Italian football has long been plagued by racist cases, and therefore has the Serie A decided to introduce several initiatives that, among other counts, a committee with a representative from each club and thus also a work of art. A work of art, that certainly does not fall in everyone's taste.

"Again leaves the Italian football world speechless. It is hard to see what Series of A thought. Who consulted the? In a country where the authorities can't manage to deal with racism week after week, has Series A launched a campaign that looks like a sick joke," says the organisation Football Against Racism Europe (fare).

"These works are a scandal, they will have the opposite effect, and they will continue to demean people with african heritage. It is time for the progressive clubs in the league get their voice heard," said the organization.

It is the Series A itself, who has selected the artist Simone Fugazzotto. An artist who consistently uses monkeys in her paintings.

"For an artist there is nothing more important than to try to change people's perception through their work," says Fugazzotto, according to media to Football-Italia, and continues:

"With this trio of paintings I tried to show that we all are complex and fascinating creatures, which can be sad or happy, catholic, muslim or buddhist, but in the end it is not the color of our out, that determines who we are."

And, precisely, the Italian media has gone viral after they put the news up on their Twitter profile. For the news they wrote quickly:

"to answer your inevitable questions. A: Yes, it is true. B: the Artist uses the monkeys in all of his paintings: They hired him specifically to this project. C: Yes, it is true. D: Series A sees no problem with the monkeys in an anti-racism message. E: Yes, it is seriously true."

And though it may seem extremely strange to use a picture of the three monkeys in an anti-racism message, so it's not something Serie A's ceo can see the problem in.

"simone's paintings reflect fully the values of fair play and tolerance, so it will remain our headquarters," according to police reports Luigi De Siervo.

the Artist has also explained what the three monkeys are supposed to represent.

"I paint only monkeys as a metaphor for people. We turn the concept back on the racists, since we all originally are monkeys. So I painted a western monkey, an asian monkey and a black monkey," he explains.

most Recently, the Italian league hit by a scandal when the Italian media Corriere Dello Sport in a front page had placed the players Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling on either side of the text 'Black Friday'.

at the end of the newspaper in a regular shitstorm, just like both AS Roma and AC Milan launched a boycott of the media.

Updated Date: 17 December 2019, 06:00

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