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Manchester Art Vigilante Is Covering Racist Graffiti With Cat Stickers

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by Dayana Aleksandrova May 14, 2020

Art has always served as an outlet to express values and opinions. Some create a 3,200-foot painting to promote peace, while others transform a historic plaza into a giant checkerboard to encourage safety and social distancing.

However, freedom of expression can also cause offense. Racist graffiti on the streets of Manchester, England, has been humorously masked by a creative solution. An anonymous resident took matters into their own hands by covering offensive slurs with witty stickers of cats.

“There was some racist rubbish here but I covered it up with this picture of a cat,” a seven-inch wide sticker reads, displaying an image of a lounging tabby.

The glossy stickers have been used to cover up fake posters pretending to be a part of the environmental activist movement Extinction Rebellion.

While the activist behind this feat remains unknown, the stickers have been traced back to an Australian organization named Cracks Appearing Distro. A pack of 30 cat stickers goes for $6 and all supplies are currently sold out.

Metro reported that the effort has been received well by residents, quoting a local who said, “Can’t we just replace racists with cats? At least they know how to cover their sh*t.”

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