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Update: Artist Behind ‘MLK’ Statue Says He Has No Plans To Modify Sculpture After Coretta Scott King’s Cousin Claimed The Design Looks Like A Penis


Update: Artist Behind ‘MLK’ Statue Says He Has No Plans To Modify Sculpture After Coretta Scott King’s Cousin Claimed The Design Looks Like A Penis

Update: (Jan. 17, 2023): It looks like the ‘MLK’ sculpture is here to stay!

As you more than likely know, ‘The Embrace’ Martin Luther King Jr. Boston memorial statue has received mixed reviews since its unveiling on Jan. 13.

Even though some have praised the figure for what it stands for, many have questioned why the sculpture looks the way it does. Most recently, Seneca Scott, cousin of Coretta Scott King,  slammed the $10 million statue by claiming it “looked like a penis” from certain angles.

During a recent interview, the artist responsible for the now-viral figure addressed the criticism surrounding his work. The Brooklyn-based conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas said there are no plans to modify or change the statue. When asked if he’d alter the figure if asked, he replied,

“This is a piece that was selected by the people of Boston. This is not, ‘Hank just came and put something [together].’ Thousands of people worked on this. Thousands of people actually put it together.”

He continued,

“And, no one saw this, I would say, perverse perspective…to bring that to the King’s legacy and to dictate the making of art and the celebration of them is really strange to me.”


Original story: (Jan. 17, 2023): A new monument dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King has sparked controversy and criticism.

One person who has a major problem with the statue is Seneca Scott, a community organizer in Oakland, California, and cousin of Coretta Scott King. Scott has slammed the $10 million statue titled ‘The Embrace’ by stating that it “looked like a penis” from certain angles.

Seneca Scott spoke to several news outlets to criticize the sculpture which was just unveiled in Boston on Friday (Jan. 13). Scott told CNN the statue was insulting to his family.

“If you can look at it from all angles, and it’s probably two people hugging each other, it’s four hands. It’s not the missing heads that’s the atrocity that other people clamp onto that; it’s a stump that looked like a penis. That’s a joke.”

“The Embrace,” by artist Hank Willis Thomas, was inspired by a famous photo which showed Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King hugging after he learns he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The sculpture focuses on the spouses’ intertwined arms without their heads, which has sparked criticism and mockery online.

Seneca Scott also gave harsh criticism when speaking with the New York Post, further pointing out that the sculpture looks like a penis.

“The mainstream media … was reporting on it like it was all beautiful, ’cause they were told they had to say that. But then when it came out, a little boy pointed out — ‘That’s a penis!’ and everyone was like, ‘Yo, that’s a big old dong, man.’”

He added,

“If you had showed that … to anyone in the ’hood, they’d have been like, ‘No, absolutely not.’”

Scott also had this to say when speaking with,

“Ten million dollars were wasted to create a masturbatory metal homage to my legendary family members — one of the all-time greatest American families.”

On the other hand, Martin Luther King III, actually approved of the new statue and told CNN he liked it for its depiction of unity.

“I think that’s a huge representation of bringing people together. I think the artist did a great job. I’m satisfied. Yeah, it didn’t have my mom and dad’s images, but it represents something that brings people together.”

Artist Hank Willis Thomas had this to say about the statue he created.

“When we recognize that all storytelling is an abstraction, all representation is an abstraction, hopefully it allows us to be open to more dynamic and complex forms of representation that don’t stick us to narrative that oversimplifies a person or their legacy, and I think this work really tries to get to the heart of that.”

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below! 

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