A council in France this week has surprised local residents by covering over a tapestry thought to date from the 11th Century for ‘promoting hatred’ and its depiction of ‘violent clashes between immigrants and locals’.
A spokesman for Calvados council told us, “We were unaware that this was not a piece of graffiti, but instead a thousand year old tapestry commissioned by renowned Norman nobility. Regardless, its removal was in line with our policies on potentially offensive graffiti.”
“This work was inspected by council staff who determined that the work serves no purpose other than to reignite medieval hatred. If kids saw this they might think it was ‘cool’ to ‘pop’ some ‘fletches’ in someone’s eye. We invite the original artist to use the space for a different work.”
“Besides, the artwork is terrible,” he added. “Seriously, it’s nearly as bad as Banksy’s stuff.”
This incident follows the recent news that a regional radio station in Tendring has banned the Michael Jackson song It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white because it includes the potentially racist word ‘black’.