An in-jest petition with a political message, calling for Winston Churchill’s London statue to be replaced with a giant anime robot, could’ve ended in oblivion, but thanks to the steamed-up tabloids it’s now globally amplified.
The petition to oust the Parliament Square statue of Britain’s celebrated wartime leader, who also has a questionable record that includes starving colonial subjects in Bengal to death, was launched by journalist Hussein Kesvani.
He wants Churchill’s statue replaced with that of an Evangelion, a giant bio-robotic defender from the ultra-popular Japanese franchise Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Please sign and share this important petition, to replace the statue of Churchill with an Evangelion (wearing a giant poppy)https://t.co/oe1VpFryxY
— hussein kesvani (@HKesvani) June 24, 2019
Look, all I’m saying is that no Evangelion ever caused a famine or took credit for anyone else’s work. Evangelions are also very cool, and sleek, with a more aspirational body figure than Winston Churchill.
The robot could serve as a new hero for post-Brexit Britain on its journey to independence, the petition suggests. Kesvani is even open to having the new statue adorned with a giant poppy to keep the connection with Britain’s martial history.
Hours into publication, the petition caught the attention of some British media. The enraged Daily Star tabloid branded its signatories “snowflakes” and said it was “remarkable” that there was even 150 of them. If anything, this managed to get more people to sign.
“I’m signing this mainly because of how the Daily Star moaned about it,” commented user Richard Nelson. “Well done, Daily Star!” (RT)