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.
But in spite of recent events, people have resorted to sharing helpful posts on there instead.
And what better way to do that than in a series of posts?
Check this one out:
The historical posts are my favorite though.
Others have also started raising awareness about other global issues.
Even celebrities are posting about current issues.
But some artists have gotten themselves into a spot of bother...
Electricstripe found himself on the receiving end of an unnecessary amount of backlash.
But as he explained to Too Fab in an exclusive interview, it was all the mayor's fault.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 ImagesThe 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."
He even mentioned going onto Twitter to try and defend himself but gave up on the idea.
But his account is filled with posts supportive of the BLM movement and has been for a while.
But this is where the tale takes a twist...
via: Getty ImagesLater 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.
Here's the original post that was screenshotted by a Twitter user before it was removed:
Here's the OG cartoon. ~2000 likes after 3 days. The artist is @ electricstripe on IG. Appears to be a young, non-w… https://t.co/9sBBoqbwrH— Dan Masterson (@Dan Masterson)1592505495.0