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“You can call me a sinner and you can call me a saint. Celebrate me for who I am, dislike me for what I ain’t.”
Those lyrics from Madonna’s track “Like It Or Not” are very fitting for this moment.
Two Australian artists have granted the late George Michael sainthood with a huge mural in his honor. Well, the result is absolutely fabulous.
Scott Marsh and stereogamous created the larger than life mural in Sydney on the corner of Bray Street and Concord Street – just down the road to the entrance of Sydney Park. In a Facebook post, stereogamous writes, “Presenting Saint George, Patron Saint of Parks at Night. Remembering this lover and activist watching over us all.”
The reason behind the title “Patron Saint of Parks at Night” probably has to do with the fact that Michael had an affinity for cruising for sex in public places. And it’s a shame he kept getting caught. In 1998, he was arrested for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public restroom of the Will Rogers Memorial Park, in Beverly Hills, California. In 2006, he was again accused of engaging in anonymous public sex, this time at London’s Hampstead Heath.
Michael was indeed an activist like the Facebook dedication suggests. He was a covert philanthropist, secretly gave millions of dollars to charity during his lifetime.
The mural depicts Michael with a fabulous rainbow pride flag as a shawl. He is holding a joint in one hand and a bottle of poppers in the other. The lid isn’t on the bottle of poppers, so he is probably preparing to pop-off. In his halo, there are more colors of the rainbow that radiantly glow.
“He challenged what the notions are of sexuality and he pushed the boat out to make nothing shocking,” Jonny Seymour, one half of musical duo stereogamous, said.
Like it or not, Saint George Michael is here to stay.