Two weeks ago I wrote about the mural that once covered a large liquor store wall facing the McDonald's near the intersection of Edinger Avenue and Edwards Street. It depicted all of the most iconic McDonald's characters.
I wrote about how the McDonald's manager discovered one morning that the word "vegan" had been painted in large block letters over a large portion of the mural.
As I lamented, this painting was not some crass commercial statement. It was a gift from Saeed Danosian, an Iranian immigrant who came to America to become an artist.
Within a day or so of the story being posted online, it took on a life of its own. It was picked up by dozens of news outlets, local and national, and TV news crews reported from the site. I received lots of feedback. And there were layers of chatter across the social networks.
Much of the feedback I read was from vegans, who decried this sort of tactic to gain attention. As I wrote, this is not about veganism. I have plenty of friends who are vegan, and I respect their right to be vegans as they respect mine to eat meat. The majority of their comments expressed anger with the graffiti for the simple fact that you can't just go around destroying or modifying — or however you want to describe it — things that happen to offend you.