David Choe’s Mural at the Bowery Wall is Painted Over
The controversial David Choe mural at the Bowery wall was painted over within the last 24 hours. It comes as Goldman Properties began facing mounting pressure from the community over commissioning artwork by a man who bragged about an alleged sexual assault in 2014.
The Goldman firm has yet to comment on the selection, and, to be fair, it’s unclear at the moment who is responsible for this complete erasure. The mural was to be on display until October; no word yet on a replacement.
Ever since David Choe imparted a mural at the Bowery wall earlier this month, he’s been under scrutiny. The artwork had been vandalized several times in the ensuing weeks.
There is an anti-rape protest and performance art piece titled “NO MEANS NO” that’s still happening here later today at 5 pm. The whitewash action appears to have preempted it.
As previously reported, Choe is most certainly not welcome here, largely due to past comments made on his podcast bragging about an alleged sexual encounter with a masseuse in 2014. He later backpedaled, claiming the story a fiction, yet some critics have seemingly branded him a rapist ever since.
Meanwhile, Choe responded to the controversy via blank photo via his Instagram. Perhaps he’s behind the removal?
How does one apologize for a lifetime of doing wrong? Through my past three years of recovery and rehabilitation, I’ve attempted to answer that question through action and understanding. In my life I’ve struggled deeply with an unnatural amount of hatred I’ve had towards myself. Most of my life I’ve been a scared hurt shame filled person, trying to mask my insecurities with false confidence and an outwardly negative behavior to validate myself as worthy. In a 2014 episode of DVDASA, I relayed a story simply for shock value that made it seem as if I had sexually violated a woman. Though I said those words, I did not commit those actions. It did not happen. I have ZERO history of sexual assault. I am deeply sorry for any hurt I’ve brought to anyone through my past words. Non-consensual sex is rape and it is never funny or appropriate to joke about. I was a sick person at the height of my mental illness ,and have spent the last 3 years in mental health facilities healing myself and dedicating my life to helping and healing others through love and action. I do not believe in the things I have said although I take full ownership of saying them. Additionally, I do not condemn anyone or have any ill will towards those who spread hate and speak out negatively against me, no one will ever hate me more than I hated myself back then. Today I’ve learned to love and forgive others just as much as myself. It’s been a rough journey but i am grateful to be alive and to dedicate myself to shining the light I have found within myself and live in service and gratitude. I am truly sorry for the negative words and dark messages I had put out into the world.