(1) That element will always be part of the sub-context, but the way I see it is celebrating Tayla Harris refusing to be swept under the rug and standing up for herself and the broader implications of why there was a 'sweep under rug' attempt in the first place.I understand all of that and it’s not that I don’t want to acknowledge women’s achievements, or support women as role models across all of society or promote the idea that anybody and everybody deserves an amount of respect just by virtue of existence.
Im a single dad of an 11 yr old girl and I want her to grow up strong and to be able to use her confidence and at times I worry it isn’t a level playing field.
I try and teach her, you only belong when everyone is different, be yourself, do what your good at and Tigers are the best chuck out the rest.
None of that pertains to what annoys me about the idea of that statue.
My unpopular opinion is that although I get it that we as a society and community have to move forward at the pace of our slowest, to erect statues to remind the twits out there not to be twits, it’s not a celebration it’s a manufactured reminder of di.kheads who say stupid things.
What annoys me is that this has become a good idea as opposed to something celebrating women and their achievements.
And if it isn’t that, what is it?
Back slapping because we didn’t like it that the herald sun removed a photo? (1)
Also, the unveiling of it with the media and Tayla Harris there. The truth of the matter is it is only a painted fibreglass piece thats been put there to test public opinion for market research, so NAB can make an effective decision about their Brand and whether or not to commission the artist to move forward with the statue.
Which annoys me. (2)
(2) That's fair, but at the same time this is a somewhat inevitable function of our society. If it helps make you feel better, there's no way that NAB will come to people's mind when thinking of the statue long-term, it's a short-term thing at best. I don't mind them getting some benefit by bringing this statue to life.
Ultimately, you can take a pessimistic view with this and it's legitimate to do so, but celebrating singular moments are never clear cut when considering the original context, because by becoming symbolic the moment somewhat detaches itself from the original context to stand for something bigger and more positive.