A week ago, Kim Kardashian posted her most controversial Instagram selfie to date, sending the world in a frenzy of positive and negative reactions over her naked, post-baby snap. If you need a reminder of what caused the stir, here it is once again:
And in response to the critical backlash over the revealing photo, the feisty Kardashian wrote a straight-worded essay for International Women's Day that combated slut-shaming and encouraged ladies all over the world to embrace their bodies — it read something like this:
I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.
Indeed, the influence of the snap was so great that it was commented on by numerous celebrities, was parodied by The Voice and even re-created on the streets of an Australian city thousands of miles away from where it was originally uploaded to Instagram. Yep, just days after Kim sent ripples through social media, a 30-foot mural of her curvaceous bod was spray-painted onto a wall in a Melbourne laneway.
Sadly, what was meant to stand out as a piece of artwork and positive female empowerment, was defaced with the derogatory term "SLUT" almost overnight.
Naturally, the artist behind the mural, Lush Sux (who otherwise goes by the name of Mark Walls), was understandably disappointed by this hostile act of vandalism. However, he did admit that he was hardly surprised. Speaking exclusively to Buzzfeed, he said:
“It was a given, considering the subject matter. I’m bummed that people didn’t get more of a chance to interact with it and that someone felt the dire need to spray “SLUT” across it.”
Indeed, it seems that the Internet war over Kim Kardashian's personal life choices has moved on from social media and instead has shamelessly migrated onto the streets of a metropolitan city. What an ugly turn of events.