A mystery man who painted over a mural of a sexualised teddy bear in Sydney’s CBD has been hailed on social media as a hero. While police are investigating the act as vandalism, others are recommending the culprit for Australian of the Year and one TV personality even joked that she should marry the man responsible.
The “kink and BDSM-inspired” WorldPride mural featured a teddy bear’s head on a man dressed in leather-bondage gear, laying on a couch with a gay pride flag and a beer car. It was painted on a wall in York Street by a consortium of local shop owners to promote the city’s month-long LGBTQ celebrations.
But locals were outraged by the mural and described it as “disgusting”, “sick” and “extremely inappropriate” for children. The mystery painter splashed paint over the controversial image and added the message: “Leave the kids alone”. Social media lit up with people applauding the man responsible. A city council spokesperson said the organisation responsible for the mural was now arranging for it to be removed completely.