Photo: From @SandyMazza on Twitter
Artist Manny Castro recently identified himself as the guy who painted “Tastes Like Hate” on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in California last week.”I thought of the photographs from 40 years ago of Christians protesting blacks marrying whites. It is the same thing,” Castro told the Huffington Post.
He got a ton of heat for what he did, and now, he has released a statement to the Huffington Post defending his actions.
Here’s what he had to say:
My statement painted on the side of the Chik-Fil-A in Torrance was not born out of hate. It was born out of frustration. It was meant to further a discussion about tolerance and acceptance. My Facebook wall was simply not large enough to do this.
Contrary to popular belief, I am a proud Christian and I wholly subscribe to the verse: “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.”
I didn’t use violence. I used paint. Artists for centuries have expressed their opinions through this medium and I am no different. The word “FAG” spray painted on anything has never garnered the media attention that my cow with a paintbrush did. And that’s unfortunate.
I am happy to pay for the costs of repainting the wall, but I am not — nor will I ever be — happy to sit quietly at the back of the bus.
Castro could face a charges of felony vandalism if the damage costs more than $400.
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