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A Spider-Man statue that was placed on the wall of a shopping center near a children’s playground in South Korea last year has been removed after complaints about the superhero’s very obvious… issue.
Yoo was asked to either remove Spider-Man’s enormous erection or take the statue down.
He chose to remove the statue altogether, saying on his Facebook page that he was disappointed, but understood why.
*Below translation via Kotaku*
“I am the artist who made this piece. My reason for it was that I wanted apply the natural physical phenomenon to a superhero depict whats’s natural in the morning without lies and superficial-ness in a comical way.
There have been some comments on various community sites and Facebook pages that this is lewd and a disgrace to the source material. Lotte Shopping Center has received many complaint calls this morning from a certain organization, and after their meeting, it was decided that I have to either modify or take the statue down. Instead of modifying my work, I’ve decided to take it down.
It was ok for about a year and now it has to be taken down due a sudden interest in the piece, which is sad. But I understand that a piece that could be potentially interpreted as lewd can be offensive at a place like shopping mall. It’s disappointing, but I’ll reach out to the public with a better work next time.”