Freddie Mercury‘s people told The Forum in Norwich to stop monkeying around with the deceased lead singer’s likeness.
A giant gorilla sculpture complete with one of Mercury’s iconic outfits and the same sultry mustache was put up by Wild In Art, a group of local area organisers, and painted by artist Mik Richardson.
Richardson says that it’s “absolutely shocking” that the Mercury Phoenix Trust would censor the art.
“It’s dreadful. It’s petty, really. The night I was told I couldn’t sleep. I’m a mural artist and I have to be very careful about copyright,” he told BBC News via NME. “I didn’t copy the suit exactly. I alter enough so that it’s fan art, rather than a copy of it.”
So, they were less mad about the fact that this guy created a gorilla-version of Freddie and that he was wearing a “copyrighted” suit? That’s a load of primate poo.