Artist Behind 'Racist' Scooby-Doo Meme Fires Back at Chicago Mayor | 22 Words

Instagram has proven to be a good outlet for people to be able to share their views in creative forms over the past few years but it has been very prominent over the past few weeks since the Black Lives Matter movement started gaining more traction.

But one artist's post went viral for all the wrong reasons. He's finally explained how it has all been blown out of proportion by a misunderstanding with the Chicago Mayor.

Keep scrolling to see the post in question.

Instagram has been a great creative outlet.

For the past few years, social media users had the freedom to showcase their work on the platform.

But in spite of recent events, people have resorted to sharing helpful posts on there instead.

Since George Floyd's unfortunate death in May, users have been devoting their time and effort to educate people.

And what better way to do that than in a series of posts?

With Instagram starting to brim with colorful yet informative posts, it has become easier now than ever to be educating yourself.

Check this one out:

"“The revolution will not be televised. That was about the fact that the first change that takes place is in your mind. You have to change your mind before you change the way you live and the way you move. So when we said the revolution will not be televised we were saying... that the thing that’s going to change people is something that no one will ever be able to capture on film. It will just be something that you see and all of a sudden you realize... I’m on the wrong page... or I’m on the right page but I’m on the wrong note, and I’ve got to get in sync with everyone else to understand what’s happening in this country." -Gil Scot-Heron."

And this one is pretty great too!

What a powerful piece of art.

The historical posts are my favorite though.

"Today marks 55 years since the Selma to Montgomery marches. Demonstrators didn’t make it to Montgomery that day due to brutal beatings from the state and other local law enforcement. “Bloody Sunday" is a reminder that the state has a long and bloody history of meeting peaceful protest with violence." I've learned more on Instagram than I did at school.

Others have also started raising awareness about other global issues.

Yemen is on the brink of extinction as millions of people in the country continue to starve. Instagram has been a helpful tool to get the information out further.

Even celebrities are posting about current issues.

It's good that people with a large following are using their voice for good and to help others empathize with a cause that they may think doesn't involve them.

But some artists have gotten themselves into a spot of bother...

As with any art, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the message behind certain posts can be misconstrued, especially when it comes to politics.

Electricstripe found himself on the receiving end of an unnecessary amount of backlash.

After the digital artist posted a very creative piece involving Scooby-Doo and the rest of the gang while simultaneously calling out the current mayor of Chicago, he found himself in an awkward scandal.

But as he explained to Too Fab in an exclusive interview, it was all the mayor's fault.

He told the outlet that he was "heartbroken" after Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed him publicly, which also led to him having to explain the original intention behind the piece.

It was a very risky piece...

via: Getty Images

The image featured Scooby-Doo and the rest of his gang unmasking a villain, pulling off a white policeman mask to reveal the Mayor — who is black — underneath.

After the post went viral, Lightfoot branded it as "racist" and "deeply offensive."

But Electrictsripe spoke out about the entire incident saying: "At first I was absolutely heartbroken," Electricstripe told TooFab. "As a Latino male, my intention was FAR from trying to be racist. I can't pull the 'I'm a person of color, I can't be racist' card. Racism has all sorts of forms and shapes."

He continued:

"As an artist, I can only take the feedback and make sure I'm more careful with my choices. I am sorry if I offended anyone," he said. "At the end of the day, it's art and people are going to interpret it in the way they identify with it."

He even mentioned going onto Twitter to try and defend himself but gave up on the idea.

"My only question to those people is, how can you have an illustration that promotes the defunding of police, in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement, and also imagery of a Black person being lynched in the same picture? It's contradictory and simply doesn't make sense."

But his account is filled with posts supportive of the BLM movement and has been for a while.

"I've been out here protesting alongside my Black brothers and sisters every day that I can. Why would I throw that effort away with a racist drawing? There are people out here who really hate our teachers and seriously went out of their way to make something what it's not."

But this is where the tale takes a twist...

via: Getty Images

Later on, Mayor Lightfoot claimed to have not even seen the image! "When the illustration was described to our mayor, (which I had no idea she was visually impaired to see it for herself) they were described as a group of 'unhappy white people, around a tied up black woman in rope'," he said. "You can already imagine what kind of image pops up into your head when you hear such description. They decided to only describe what was most convenient for them."

She even went onto defend her actions saying if this was a white group, she would have reacted the same.

via: Getty Images

"If that kind of tweet, which is clearly racist, had been put forward by a right-wing group, we would rightly be denouncing them, and I think our scorn should be no less because it was put out by the CTU." But I think she's missing the point that it wasn't racist in the first place. Yikes.

And then she used her power to have it removed.

"If people are going to try to find imagery in every piece of art instead of looking at the actual message, then sure, it’s racist to them. Lori agreed the image was racist, requested CTU to take it down and they did."

Here's the original post that was screenshotted by a Twitter user before it was removed:

It's crazy stuff. If you want to see some other amazing art, then keep scrolling to see something a little more light-hearted...