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Terry Moore

I am a fan of the movie when the first ones came out as a kid many moons ago and like the new ones that are more elaborate with technological advances. This is a stretch and I just don't think I see racism. I know some of the owners family members but not him per se and they are not racist. I would like to hear the artist point of view. Possibly he is a fan like I am. I am in no way dismissing those who are saying they are offended. Just trying to understand.

Carlos Ponce

I remember 1968. The movie was controversial because none of the humans depicted in a dystopian future was Black. The lone Black astronaut in the group is killed and mounted in a museum as being unique, rare.

In the sequel, "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (1970) we see Blacks living among the mutants in an underground city.

I don't remember if it was in the movie or novelization of the movie "Escape From the Planet of the Apes" (1971) that a Congressional Hearing questioned the scarcity of Blacks in Zira and Cornelius' time.

But in "Conquest" (1972) and "Battle" (1973) there are Blacks in the re-written future.

What is the artist's intent? Just ask him or her. To me the mural depicts cinematic history. And indications are this will be replaced some time in the future. And then that will be replaced.

Racism seems to be in the eyes of the beholder. I don't see racism, I see a tribute to an old movie whether you remember the 1968 or 2001 version.

What do I remember most about the original movie? Nova, played by Linda Harrison.[love] I was a teenager when the movie came out. She must be 75 by now.....

Bailey Jones

The story of the Planet of the Apes is that after a virus wipes out all the cats and dogs in the world, people turn to primates for pets. Living with people, the primates become more intelligent, and once they become smart enough to do useful work they are enslaved. The slaves rise up and destroy human civilization, reducing humans to slaves.

The last two aspects of this story - the not quite human slaves rising up and enslaving their masters is basically the same fear that was held by southerners in antebellum America. This is the source of the claims of racism. Slave apes (blacks), rising above their God appointed station as servants to humanity (whites), and destroying human (white) civilization.

And then there's the old trope of blacks as apes which used to be so prevalent, which had a resurgence among racists when Obama and Michelle moved to the White House.

In today's racially tense atmosphere, depicting a scene of violent apes in the ruins of America evokes the president's narrative of BLM anarchists rising up and burning cities.

It's more political than racist, in my view. But art is in the eye of the beholder.

Might I suggest a nice Star Wars mural?

Mary Lofaro

Can never go wrong with Star Wars!! [thumbup]

Carlos Ponce

Even "Star Wars" was controversial. The initial film had no Blacks which was dealt with in sequels. Although Darth Vader was voiced by a Black man (James Earl Jones) he was portrayed by a White man in sequels. Some found that "racist".

Craig Mason

You read my mind Bailey. Love Star Wars

Ted Gillis

I fell asleep during Star Wars.

Bailey Jones

weirdo.

Gary Scoggin

That explains a lot. 😁

Ted Gillis

A handsome weirdo!

Harvey Mueller

Lawdy Lawdy. Someone is offended yet again.

Stephen Tobleman

that's just the way it has to be these days I guess. There will always be somebody looking for a fight

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