Brighton Aids memorial 'desecrated' during Pride

The Argus: MOCKED: The Aids memorial after the vandals struck. The image has been altered to remove the banana. MOCKED: The Aids memorial after the vandals struck. The image has been altered to remove the banana.

A memorial to Aids victims was vandalised during the Pride weekend.

Residents in New Steine Gardens awoke yesterday to find the statue had been dressed in clothing and had a banana strapped to it.

The vandalism is believed to have taken place some time on Sunday night.

Paul Elgood , chairman of the Rainbow Foundation which manages the statue, said local residents were “horrified”.

He said: “This is a very special place of remembrance for people that lost friends and family to Aids.

“We were disgusted to see that someone had desecrated the memorial. This is hallowed ground and what these people did was disgraceful.”

Billy Lewis, from the city’s LGBT Community Safety Forum, said he hoped Police would find and arrest the vandals.

He said: “This is a very clear incident of hate crime and we want these people brought to justice.”

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10:03am Tue 4 Sep 12

Hove Actually says...

Billy Lewis is a typical mouthpiece

Try to score points ignoring everything on the way which may disprove them.

My first thought was high jinks by someone attending Pride, surely if it was a "HATE" crime they would have damaged it not dressed it in a shirt?

Lastly I doubt the locals were “horrified”as Paul has suggested, more bigging up by those with an agenda
Billy Lewis is a typical mouthpiece Try to score points ignoring everything on the way which may disprove them. My first thought was high jinks by someone attending Pride, surely if it was a "HATE" crime they would have damaged it not dressed it in a shirt? Lastly I doubt the locals were “horrified”as Paul has suggested, more bigging up by those with an agenda Hove Actually

10:11am Tue 4 Sep 12

john5001 says...

vandalism ? you should get a grip . people put a scarf and hat on a phone box in shoreham and that was called art.
vandalism ? you should get a grip . people put a scarf and hat on a phone box in shoreham and that was called art. john5001

10:28am Tue 4 Sep 12

Crystal Ball says...

"Hallowed ground"? Get over yourself buddy.
"Hallowed ground"? Get over yourself buddy. Crystal Ball

10:37am Tue 4 Sep 12

brighton-breezy says...

This is not vandalism! I Live in Kemptown, I am not horrified by a statue in clothing. I also hope the police don't spend any time on this case trying to find the 'culprits' just because one or two screaming queens are making it sound like a 'hate crime' Get a grip! Im sure that your friends that sadly passed away from AIDS would have had a chuckle at it!
This is not vandalism! I Live in Kemptown, I am not horrified by a statue in clothing. I also hope the police don't spend any time on this case trying to find the 'culprits' just because one or two screaming queens are making it sound like a 'hate crime' Get a grip! Im sure that your friends that sadly passed away from AIDS would have had a chuckle at it! brighton-breezy

10:38am Tue 4 Sep 12

voiceofthescoombe says...

Exactly
Drunk idiots more than
Iikely gay.
Hate crime would have been damage
Or paint.
Exactly Drunk idiots more than Iikely gay. Hate crime would have been damage Or paint. voiceofthescoombe

10:49am Tue 4 Sep 12

tooned_in says...

hate crime?? what against AIDS victims? of course it isnt its just persons unknown acting the fool, AIDS affects both hetrosexuals & homosexuals and we are all at risk so I really cant see this act as a hate crime more of an act of extreme stupidity!
hate crime?? what against AIDS victims? of course it isnt its just persons unknown acting the fool, AIDS affects both hetrosexuals & homosexuals and we are all at risk so I really cant see this act as a hate crime more of an act of extreme stupidity! tooned_in

11:20am Tue 4 Sep 12

dhamallamafarmer says...

I was SHOCKED and HORRIFIED to find that no one had VANDALISED this work of ART. Hallowed? It's a revolting sculpture (in aesthetic, not message) which, as far as I remember, nobody liked when it was put up. There were plenty of other, better contenders tabled but They Who Know Best chose this ugly, trite, sophomoric eyesore instead. Covering it up with a hat and coat is the least that could have happened to it.
I was SHOCKED and HORRIFIED to find that no one had VANDALISED this work of ART. Hallowed? It's a revolting sculpture (in aesthetic, not message) which, as far as I remember, nobody liked when it was put up. There were plenty of other, better contenders tabled but They Who Know Best chose this ugly, trite, sophomoric eyesore instead. Covering it up with a hat and coat is the least that could have happened to it. dhamallamafarmer

11:27am Tue 4 Sep 12

censored says...

I think we need to be careful about having sacred objects.

Vandalism means damage. There is no damage here.

I feel the same about the Steine war memorial. It would be nice to see kids dipping their toes in it, rather than worshipping a holy place.
I think we need to be careful about having sacred objects. Vandalism means damage. There is no damage here. I feel the same about the Steine war memorial. It would be nice to see kids dipping their toes in it, rather than worshipping a holy place. censored

12:25pm Tue 4 Sep 12

chrisinbrighton says...

The police will probably use DNA to find out who's cloths they are and have another easy conviction;time the police caught criminals not pranksters
The police will probably use DNA to find out who's cloths they are and have another easy conviction;time the police caught criminals not pranksters chrisinbrighton

6:22pm Tue 4 Sep 12

nocando says...

I was shocked and horrified to find someone had scrawled pink lipstick all over the hallowed ground of my sacred motorbike which was parked on elm grove over saturday night. I'm convinced I've been the victim of a hate crime against a minority group (bikers) and am determined to use this as an example to stamp out all such bigotry, I couldn't bear this to happen to anybody else and honestly feel I should start a campaign to make sure it never ever does.
Or I could just wipe it off.
I was shocked and horrified to find someone had scrawled pink lipstick all over the hallowed ground of my sacred motorbike which was parked on elm grove over saturday night. I'm convinced I've been the victim of a hate crime against a minority group (bikers) and am determined to use this as an example to stamp out all such bigotry, I couldn't bear this to happen to anybody else and honestly feel I should start a campaign to make sure it never ever does. Or I could just wipe it off. nocando

8:22pm Tue 4 Sep 12

thevoiceoftruth says...

Suspects were dressed in underpants with whistles round their necks. One was heard to shriek 'Come on boyfriend, we've got to get to Revenge to meet Paulo and Rufus!'
Suspects were dressed in underpants with whistles round their necks. One was heard to shriek 'Come on boyfriend, we've got to get to Revenge to meet Paulo and Rufus!' thevoiceoftruth

11:41pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Vigilia says...

“We were disgusted to see that someone had desecrated the memorial. This is hallowed ground and what these people did was disgraceful.”

It was not desecrated because it was not consecrated in the first place, as for “hallowed,” by whom?

Please get a grip on reality and understand that the vociferous voice of the homosexual community in Brighton and Hove represents no more than 15% of the population. Putting some clothes on it was nothing more than high spirits by some people caught up in the enjoyment of the weekend. The banana pales into insignificance compared to activities regularly witnessed on Duke’s Mound.

Why is it that in this City every action, comment or remark regarding homosexuality is regarded as homophobic or hate crime? I know of many homosexual people who are far from “gay,” in fact, they are thoroughly loud, objectionable and morose.

Why is it that homosexual women are proud to be called lesbian when men have to have the puerile euphemism of gay?
“We were disgusted to see that someone had desecrated the memorial. This is hallowed ground and what these people did was disgraceful.” It was not desecrated because it was not consecrated in the first place, as for “hallowed,” by whom? Please get a grip on reality and understand that the vociferous voice of the homosexual community in Brighton and Hove represents no more than 15% of the population. Putting some clothes on it was nothing more than high spirits by some people caught up in the enjoyment of the weekend. The banana pales into insignificance compared to activities regularly witnessed on Duke’s Mound. Why is it that in this City every action, comment or remark regarding homosexuality is regarded as homophobic or hate crime? I know of many homosexual people who are far from “gay,” in fact, they are thoroughly loud, objectionable and morose. Why is it that homosexual women are proud to be called lesbian when men have to have the puerile euphemism of gay? Vigilia

12:23pm Wed 5 Sep 12

F in L says...

The bandana and clothes they used should point to the community who perpertrated this 'hate' crime was
The bandana and clothes they used should point to the community who perpertrated this 'hate' crime was F in L

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