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A NEW statue unveiled in Boston that depicts civil rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. embracing his wife Coretta Scott King has been met with intense backlash.

Among those criticizing the statue is Seneca Scott, a relative of Coretta Scott King, who slammed the statue as a waste of money.

A relative of Coretta Scott King has slammed the recent statue depicting King and Martin Luther King embracing

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A relative of Coretta Scott King has slammed the recent statue depicting King and Martin Luther King embracingCredit: EPA
The sculpture is based on a picture of the couple hugging during a news conference following the announcement that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

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The sculpture is based on a picture of the couple hugging during a news conference following the announcement that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Seneca Scott, King's cousin, blamed the 'woke algorithm' for producing the statue and said it's an indication that 'something's wrong'

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Seneca Scott, King’s cousin, blamed the ‘woke algorithm’ for producing the statue and said it’s an indication that ‘something’s wrong’Credit: Seneca Scott

“Ten million dollars were wasted to create a masturbatory metal homage to my legendary family members — one of the all-time greatest American families,” Scott wrote in Compact Mag.

Scott even complained that the statue, named “The Embrace,” resembled a penis.

“The woke algorithm is just broke, I don’t know what else to tell you.

“If you went through all of that and that’s what you came up with, something’s wrong,” he told the New York Post.

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Scott, who is a cousin of Coretta Scott King’s, said he only ever met King once in 2006. He also ran for mayor of Oakland in 2022 but lost.

The statue shows two disembodied sets of arms, without heads, embracing each other based on the famous picture of Dr King hugging his wife after receiving the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

At the unveiling ceremony, the couple’s son, Martin Luther King III, said the city was important to the family as it was where his parents met and fell in love.

“They both loved this city because of its proud heritage as a hotbed of the abolitionist movement and its unique intellectual and educational resources,” he said.

“Boston became a place where they forged a partnership that would change America and make a powerful contribution to the Black freedom struggle.

“That’s what I see in this beautiful monument,” he added, noting his approval of the statue.

The sculptor, Hank Willis Thomas, explained his work on his website, saying that he hopes people can “be open to more dynamic and complex forms of representation that don’t stick us to narrative that oversimplifies a person or their legacy.”

The 25-foot-wide, 65,000-pound sculpture was selected from 126 entries.

While its unclear how much public money went into creating the statue, Boston’s website says it was made possible from a combination of public and private fundraising.



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