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A statue of the devil smiling, taking a selfie caused controversy in Spain

A statue of the devil smiling, taking a selfie caused controversy in Spain

Some 5,500 people have signed an online petition calling for the statue of a devil to be scrapped from Segovia. The Satanic sculpture was commissioned by the city council in hopes of drawing tourists to some of the town’s lesser-known neighbourhoods, Spain’s El Pais reported. 

Segovia residents aren’t happy with a proposed sculpture of devil who smiles and takes a selfie. According to the people, he is portrayed too positively, that confuses good Catholics. Over weeks, Segovia, a city in central Spain, is divided over plans to install the bronze statue portraying the devil grinning and taking a selfie.

Approximately 10% of the entire Segovia’s population was perturbed by the playful Dark Lord, they signed an online petition calling for the sculpture of a satan to be scrapped from a city. According to the average opinion of the petition organizers, a proposed artwork is inappropriately “jovial” and “exalts evil.” The Prince of Dark should be “repulsive and despicable — not kind and seductive,” the human history says.

“This representation is offensive to Catholics,” the petition adds.

The exalted artist and a retired doctor, José Antonio Abella, was astonished by the backlash despite his artwork’s installation has been postponed while a judge reviews the merits of the argument. Mr Abella strongly believes that devil statue should be seen as his personal confession in love to Segovia. “I haven’t done this for the money but as a personal tribute to the city I call mine. You can imagine how I feel.”