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Honoring the Dishonorable: A statue for Andy Capp?

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Capp_lYou remember Andy Capp, don’t you? The star of a long-running British comic strip created by Reg Smythe, exported to the US way back when? Of course you do. And since you know who he is — Andy was one of many influences on Homer Simpson — you know he spent most of his time drinking his sorrows away at a local watering hole. When he wasn’t drinking, he found pleasure in demeaning and abusing his wife, Flo — usually verbally, but in the past, that abuse was also physical.

So, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Andy’s first appearance, a statue has been erected — next to a British pub, of course. (Thanks to blog@newsarama for the tip.)

I’m conflicted about this. While I think it’s important to be able to recognize great art that happens to be about distasteful subject matter (Birth of a Nation and Triumph of the Will come to mind), I’m not sure how I feel about characters who are so wholly reprehensible being honored the way one honors explorers, poets, and inventors.

What about you? Would a statue of, say, Archie Bunker — noted racist and verbal tyrant — tick you off?

addCredit(“Andy Capp Statue: Jeremy Briggs”)

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