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Gorilla Statue Removed After Complaints It Was ‘Racially Insensitive’

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UPDATE: March 1, 2018, 4:55 PM:

According to Corsicana city Mayor Don Denbow, the gorilla statue will return to the park, however, there will no longer be a cage surrounding Dobby.

CORSICANA (CBSDFW.COM) – A statue of a gorilla, and prime attraction for kids at the Community Park playground in Corsicana was removed by the city.

A spokesperson for the city said some community members found the gorilla offensive – racially insensitive — in some form, and requested its removal from the park.

“We can understand this, because we have an obligation to listen to all our citizens, to determine what is offensive and not, especially in public places,” said Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow.

Denbow saw an uptick in complaints about the playground primate during the last few weeks. There were more and more phone calls, and personal discussions, and he, the city manager and a city council member, decided it needed to come down.


Part of a playful, circus-theme, the man-made gorilla held his ground for 19 years. It was in a cage, since it wasn’t reinforced and could fall over if kids climbed on it.

Most would say he never bothered anyone, giving only joy to children whose imaginations are anything but politically correct.

But now, in his absence, memorials and growing crowds at sit-ins fill the void. A protestor sits in the cage, refusing to move until the gorilla is returned.

Mayor Denbow said he’s open to the gorilla returning “in some form” due to the backlash from people who don’t support their decision to oust it.
“It was a little strange, a little random, very unexpected,” one protestor told CBS 11 News.

Those in opposition said they would have liked to at least weigh in on the discussion.

A Facebook page called ” In Memory Of Dobby” was started in memoriam of the gorilla. Fans shared their memories and posted pics, too.


(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
 

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It seems to me that saying Gorillas resemble Blacks is more racially insensitive than having a Gorilla statue. What do they want? A blond haired, blue eyed Gorilla statue?
 

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What is your self-image if you think a gorilla statue has something to do with you?
By their response you would think whitey invented the gorilla to taunt the colored people. That's an insult to gorillas everywhere.

Oga booga!!!
 
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Who stole the gorilla's lantern?
 

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Look at the area where the faces meet. It's Photoshopped.
 

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I'm still trying to figure out why the statue is racially insensitive.

Would it not be specially insensitive, and how many gorillas complained?

If members of the human race complained, then one could assume that those particular humans somehow believe they are related to the gorilla.

Methinks Planet of the Apes and Darwin have warped the definition of "race" for too many people.