"We strongly object this!"
Known as Mumbai’s Banksy, artist Tyler’s ‘The Walk of Shame’ which condemns ‘corrupt’ public figures by painting their names on sidewalks has been trolled online.
Inspired by Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’, ‘The Walk of Shame’ is one of the latest movements in India to call out ‘notorious’ figures who are damaging society.
The crowd-sourced initiative helmed by the street artist, Tyler asks Instagram users to vote for the person they want to see on ‘The Walk of Shame’.
The name of the person with the highest number of votes is then transferred onto a bright yellow circle with a ‘poo’ sign created from stencils.
So far, names like the editor in chief of Zee News, Sudhir Chaudhary, journalist Arnab Goswami and politician Sambit Patra are displayed on the sidewalks.
Recently, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut was added to ‘The Walk of Shame’ for allegedly inciting propaganda.
In fact, on India’s 74th Independence Day, on 15 August 2020, the first display was revealed with Arnab Goswami’s name.
He has often been accused of spreading false news and being biased to the right-wing.
Up next, was Sudhir Chaudhary who is also accused of spreading misinformation as news.
Speaking to Vice, Tyler explained what his initiative could achieve. He said:
“A few weeks or months later, imagine a street famous for having the names of the most notorious and shameless people in the country painted on it, based entirely on people’s opinions gathering from a simple voting method.”
Aiming for at least 25 tiles, other possible names painted on ‘The Walk of Shame’ could be actor Akshay Kumar, YouTuber Hindustani Bhau and more.
However, it appears that not everyone is supportive of Tyler’s ‘The Walk of Shame’.
Taking to Twitter, a user named Gaurav Mishra condemned the initiative. He wrote:
“Absolutely disgraceful! Why @MumbaiPolice & @mybmc allowing shaming on roads? We strongly object this!
“Why @KanganaTeam, Arnab, @republic @Repulic_Bharat @sudhirchaudhary are being targeted because they are fighting for justice? Hypocrisy?”
— Gaurav Mishra (@Imkgauravmishra) September 1, 2020
Misunderstanding the display, another user wrote:
“If they [the government] have that kind of money to put on streets, do they mind doing some repair work? Mumbai and Thane roads are in an abysmal state.”
Yashi on Twitter accused Tyler of being biased saying:
“If the artist wants to express themselves then why is he biased? Why there is only no emblem for Meme Police?”
Another user wrote:
“They are being targeted just because they are fighting for the truth.
“They are being targeted because if they continue the same way they have been doing till now will expose many Bollywood mafias, politicians and many more.”
They are being targeted just because they are fighting for the truth.
They are being targeted because if they continue the same way they have been doing till now will expose many bollywood mafias, politicians and many more.
— Udbhav Agarwal (@AgarwalUdbhav86) September 1, 2020
We wait to see whether more names are added to ‘The Walk of Shame’.