La maison d'Elvis Presley à Graceland a été dégradée par des graffitis, notamment des slogans tels que «Black Lives Matter», «Defund the Police» et «Abolish ICE». Le vandalisme a déclenché un débat animé en ligne.Les murs à l'extérieur de l'ancien manoir du roi dans le Tennessee devenu musée, où il a vécu pendant 20 ans avant sa mort en août 1977, étaient recouverts d'épais lettres noires et orange aux premières heures de mardi matin.
Normally covered in thousands of tributes to the King left by fans over the years as they lined up to enter the site, located on Elvis Presley Boulevard, the politically-motivated degradation included messages such as «Defund MPD», and «F ** k Trump.»
“Graceland has no comments,” Graceland spokesperson David Beckwith said.
« [This is] one of the saddest days of my life. I mean, other than the day Elvis passed away, this one is right next door, “ said Bill Stanley, Elvis’ half-brother.
Needless to say, fans of the King were angry at the site’s perceived desecration, with some facetiously suggesting that Graceland be moved out of Memphis, while others called on the vandals to face justice quickly.
Not everyone was outraged, however, with Democratic State Representative Antonio Parkinson suggesting on Facebook that it was the message, not the act, that upset people.
“What’s the real problem here? Every visitor who has come to Graceland has written on this wall and there have been no complaints. So really, that’s WHAT was written, not the fact that it was written, ” Parkinson said.
Parkinson’s wasn’t the only one, as others said it was the message, not the graffiti, that people were complaining about.
Why would it be any different to writing “Beth loves candid” with a heart around it? Is the message causing the problem? It should be noted that Graceland is currently in litigation for discrimination against blacks. https://t.co/r7ZqKQ7vwn
– swirling edge. 🌹 (@ edwardnelson4tn) September 1, 2020
Meanwhile, Graceland wasn’t the only Elvis-related site tagged with graffiti. The Levitt Shell Concert Hall, the site of Elvis’ first paid concert on July 30, 1954 in Overton Park, has also been degraded by slogans such as “EAT THE RICH”, “F ** K TRUMP”, and «F ** K STRICKLAND», in reference to the mayor of Memphis, Jim Strickland.
The “I (Heart) Memphis” mural on Cooper Avenue in York was also covered with similar spray-painted messages.
The vandalism emerged at a time of heightened racial tensions across the United States after a number of high-profile shootings of black men by police in recent months, which in turn have led to violence, looting and violence. riots in several cities.
Graceland has been a flashpoint for racial tensions and BLM activism in the past, and the museum has been accused of discrimination in the past.
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