Are People Really Upset By This Picture Of A Girl Posing In Front Of A Mural With A Homeless Man At Her Feet?
Metro- This photo of a woman getting a tourist snap in front of a mural about human connection and empathy, while ignoring the homeless man beneath her feet, has sparked fury online.
The mural by artist and author Dallas Clayton on Sunset Boulevard in LA asks people to ‘stand here and think about someone you love’.
Rich Michalowski, a real estate agent who lives in Silver Lake, took several pictures of the two women from his car and shared them on Facebook at the weekend, writing just one word: ‘Really?’
‘The photographer was directing the woman on where to stand, how to pose and suggested she take off her jacket,’ he told website TakePart. ‘At one point the photographer directed her to move closer to the homeless man so she could center the photo. They were still at it when I drove away.’
Okay I admit that the homeless person laying in front of the beautiful scenery is a bit ironic, but why should that stop a couple photogenic tourists from capturing a Kodak moment? Trust me, I am sure they would have preferred that there wasn't a dirty guy laying on the ground and acting as an obstacle, but they certainly aren't going to wake him from his three day nap and ask him to move. As far as I am concerned the instructions of this mural actually took into account the possible presence of the homeless. If it said "sit here and think about someone you love" the whole shot would be jeopardized, but if you stand up and do it you are only a foot crop away from filtering him right out and filling the open frame in your family room.
The only problem I see here is that homeless people are getting way too liberal with their resting spots. There's 1,000 corners to sleep on and he's going to pick the one with the charming painting about love as it's backdrop? Something tells me the girls plan on photoshopping him out, but I hope they don't because even the shameless deserve to be shamed when they are this disrespectful. If you want to sleep on the sidewalk that's fine, but don't do so in a way that causes a disturbance to those around you. I have no issue with homeless people as long as they don't become an inconvenience to the lives of those that do have homes, and nearly ruining what could make a hell of a FaceBook profile picture is the epitome of an inconvenience.