A mural that depicts a Grim Reaper wearing a cloak covered with Stars of David, holding what appears to be a dead baby and a missile, is still displaying in L.A, despite being blasted by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Anti-Defamation League.
“Imagery like this should have no place in our city,” said Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar said. “Mayor Garcetti was incredibly upset by it. We’re looking into the recourse that we have to have it taken down.”
The mural is painted on a brick building that’s home to the Vortex, a 400-person event space in downtown Los Angeles. The Vortex said in a statement on Facebook the mural was created several years ago to acknowledge the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as part of the “L.A. vs. War” art show.
The company said it “stands for free expression” and that the artist “did not intend to express an anti-Semitic message.” It said it planned to host a public discussion about the controversy at the Olympic Boulevard event space.
“We believe his intent deserves considerable weight,” the Vortex said about the artist. “We invite those who feel otherwise to paint another mural next to it.”
The ADL called for the mural’s removal.
“This mural at the Vortex in L.A. crosses a line,” the statement said. “We call for its removal. For a venue that purports to welcome the community, the Vortex should join us in condemning hateful imagery that invokes anti-Semitic canards conflating Jews with death, snakes, bombs, and killing babies.”