It is sadly true that we live in a politically correct world, but sometimes enough is just too much. That is the case with a sand sculpture outside of Salty’s restaurant in Yarmouth. The sculpture has drawn some complaints that her breasts are too big. But the restaurant’s owner said the hullaballoo over the recent addition to the decor is “hogwash.” “It’s crazy that this has stirred up so much controversy,” Raymond Roy said. “It’s covered, it’s not nudity and it shouldn’t be censored.”
Well censorship might be a little understated. There have been calls demanding that the Mermaid be removed because it is too abundantly proportioned. The mermaid wearing a clamshell bikini that barely covers up her generous proportions is one of 41 sculptures around town as part of this year’s Yarmouth Summer Celebration.
The controversy all started when the local police decided to help celebrate the sandy art that was created by Greg Grady and his team from New Hampshire. The Yarmouth police added a few pictures of the works of art to their Facebook page. But it seems some of the local New England Prudes commented that the mermaid sculpture was offensive, according to Police Chief Frank Frederickson.
Chief Frederickson said that several comments were a little off-color, even in jest, also. In addition, He also got calls from the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and town hall staff who relayed some concerns from the public.
So the Chief decided to pull the post out of respect to those who didn’t think the saucy sculpture was in good taste. After all, we can’t have their little feelings hurt can we? The Chief said he made the decision out of respect for the minority that complained even if it was a small number. Personally, the Chief said he thinks the mermaid is “terrific” and “an asset to the community alongside the others.” “Censorship was certainly not our intent,” he said. “It conflicted with some people so we took the picture down and replaced it with another one.”
Later the department had posted the following message on its Facebook page: “Our apologies for posting the Salty’s Diner mermaid sculpture. It was removed from this site due to complaints.”
It was hard to find people who didn’t support the half-woman, half-fish sculpture that was meant to mirror Salty’s business logo of a woman riding a lobster. “It is just sand, after all,” several online posters said. “It’s a work of art, absolutely. It’s cool,” said David Gibbs of Attleboro, who made a special trip over to the restaurant Thursday with three others just to see what the fuss was about. Ironically, Salty’s was closed for the day due to equipment problems.
The two ladies in his party had no problem with the mermaid, even if she has a certain Dolly Parton quality to her. “If you’ve got it, flaunt it,” laughed Kara Levoshko of Middleboro.
How about you? Let us know in the comments what you think of the sculpture and if it should be censored.
The Cape Cod Times contributed to this story.
©2016 R. L. Grimes