On Monday, protesters in Durham, North Carolina, tore down the statue of a Confederate soldier. After it fell to the ground, people cheered and began kicking it, the Herald Sun reported. The image of the broken statue soon became a meme.
When your racist statue looks like a discarded Scooby-Doo villain’s costume pic.twitter.com/cEgDQ4mQ5u
— Ira Madison III (@ira) August 15, 2017
when you try to do the “smooth criminal” lean pic.twitter.com/28jP8gKFij
— built to shrill (@theshrillest) August 15, 2017
me: this edible ain’t shit
me, an hour later: pic.twitter.com/JhCjQqBmGm
— rob (@YoungRobFlacko) August 15, 2017
Many people saw the broken statue as a victory—especially after this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia. But not actor James Woods, who was offended that protesters tore down the statue. He thinks people (specifically, #liberals) will tear down the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, a statue that is dedicated to all Marines who have lost their lives fighting wars.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 14, 2017
Woods could not see the difference between the Confederate soldier statue and the war memorial, and people on Twitter were quick to criticize him. His words about wanting to show a statue “one more time” before liberals got to it turned into another meme.
The meme is a great way to showcase some of the worst, and funniest, sculptures in existence.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 15, 2017
— Michael Pielocik (@michaelpielocik) August 15, 2017
— Corey Miller (@nKoGonzo) August 15, 2017
— Rob Thomas (@robt77) August 15, 2017
Apparently there is a whole market for creepy animal/creature sculptures.
— OlgaD (@OlgaDee7) August 15, 2017
— Comrade Joe ❌? (@JoeComrade) August 15, 2017
— Tim Merrill (@timerrill) August 15, 2017
— Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) August 15, 2017
This is a weird one.
— Josh Crutchmer (@jcrutchmer) August 15, 2017
This statue seems to promote kicking babies.
— Blake Rodgers (@TheBlakeRodgers) August 15, 2017
Even modern artist Jeff Koons isn’t safe from being meme’d.
— renee (@adriaarenee) August 15, 2017
Remember the “scary Lucille Ball” statue?
— rad adam (@ThatAdamKid) August 15, 2017
One person used the meme to remind the internet of the terrible wax figure that was intended to look like Beyoncé. It ended up looking like an entirely different person.
— corey (@corey4evrfamous) August 15, 2017
So many eyesores! If anyone wants to tear down a statue, there are several problematic options. But, sorry Woods, it’s highly unlikely that protesters are planning to tear down a WWII memorial.