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Grant cut over chimp row
Thursday, 31 May 2012
CONTROVERSIAL: The chimp poster.
A £4k youth cafe grant has been stopped after youngsters put up a poster of a chimp wearing a crown in their window.
The Newent Initiative Trust has withdrawn its funding for the town’s Chill-Out Zone in Broad Street after they received complaints about the controversial poster from residents.
The monkey business began last week when youths got into the spirit of the Queen’s Jubilee by sticking the image, based on an original by graffiti artist Banksy, in the window of the drop-in centre.
Dismissing all the fuss, manager Judith Steers said: “People seem to thing it is the youths here that created the poster, they don’t realise that it’s a Banksy piece.”
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Posted by : Venk, Blaisdon | Friday 01/Jun/2012 | Report this comment
who recruited the manager Judith Steers - you can forgive the under-aged youngsters who are not fully aware of their silly antic - surely the leader of the centre should have known better. And what an example to the youngsters in her charge.
Posted by : Drew, Blakeney | Thursday 31/May/2012 | Report this comment
Just shows what a stuck up bunch of idiots the Newent Initiative Trust are, censoring art, normally only done by dictatorships... and this is what they are a petty bureaucratic dictatorship. Perhaps I should make sure I don’t wear a Sex Pistols T-Shirt in Newent, or listen to music that might critique their narrow minded conservative ideals (note small c pedants)
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