A garage mural by two teenage girls in Indiana dedicated to a popular boy band has prompted one neighbor to write a letter asking for the “ghetto painting” to be taken down (video below).
Hannah Brewer and Morgan Whitmer entered a radio contest for a chance to win meet and greet passes for a Five Seconds to Summer concert, Fox 59 reported. The challenge was to decorate their garage door, so Brewer asked her mother, Carrie Craig, if she could use spray paint.
“When she asked me, I just assumed she was going to paint because that’s what she does, is paint,” Craig told the news station.
But not everyone was a fan of the mural.
A note written by an anonymous neighbor called for the painting to be taken down.
The letter, in part, read:
“In case you haven’t noticed, this isn’t LA or Chicago or Mexico and it certainly isn’t south Muncie. There is discussion of starting up a petition, calling the newspaper or retaining a lawyer in case you don’t paint over the ghetto painting.”
Craig was shocked by the letter.
“I started crying. … I just felt bad because I thought, she’s not going to be allowed to do this,” she said.
Craig called the police herself and an officer told her that the mural does not break any laws. Officers even took a picture next to the mural, giving the camera a “thumbs up.”
The mother sent a letter to neighbors explaining why her daughter was doing the mural. She said she received plenty of responses from neighbors supporting the girls.
“I really didn’t think it would get this much attention,” Brewer said.
The teenage girls are moving past the letter and focusing on the competition now. They hope the band sees the mural themselves.
Craig said she is proud of her daughter and her love for her art, adding that they planned to paint over the garage mural at the end of the competition anyway.
“If it’s an example of how to support your children or support the kids in the community, that’s what this is about for us,” Craig said.
Photo Credit: Corey Ohlenkamp/The Muncie Star Press via Indie Star,