Honoring the Dishonorable: A statue for Andy Capp?
You 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.
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”)