(TIML NEWS) It was first applauded as a tribute to the late Chester Bennington. Upon closer inspection, however, the mural references a controversial accusation that Bennington was a coward.
The mural popped up last week in Vienna, Austria. Now, it’s become a slam on the artist’s decision to leave an entire family, friends, and fans behind. And for those following the war-of-words following his death, the reference is easily spotted.
To the left, controversial artist Lushsux imprinted lyrics from the Linkin Park track, “In the End”.
I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter…
On the right, however, the artist references a famous lyric from KoRn, specifically from their track “Freak on a Leash”. That KoRn lyric seems out of place, until you tie it back to the band’s bassist, Brian ‘Head’ Welch. In the moments after Bennington’s suicide, Welch blasted Bennington’s suicide as an act of cowardice, especially with six children now left fatherless.
Here’s what Welch stated on Facebook just hours after Bennington’s death.
“Honestly, Chester’s an old friend who we’ve hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him. But this is truly pissing me off! How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I’m sick of this suicide shit! I’ve battled depression/mental illness, and I’m trying to be sympathetic. But it’s hard when you’re pissed! Enough is enough!”
“Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!”
Enter Lushsux, who included the KoRn lyric to reference the cowardly aspects of Bennington’s decision. In reaction, fans dragged the artist for being insensitive, similar to the treatment afforded Welch. Neither apologized, and Lushsux questioned why Bennington is being protected against obvious criticism.
“No [one] ever said it was too soon to make a joke about the dead,” the artist told Austalian mag Music Feeds.
I’m a huge KoRn fan, so…”
Actually, Lushsux has also drawn criticism for another decision. That is, he painted Bennington right next to a mural of Kendall Jenner, perhaps a broader commentary on pop celebrity adulation. Jenner was there first, donning a Snapchat dogface filter. But that was before Bennington killed himself. Now, the two are just inches away from one another.
And if you have a problem with that, well, Lushsux probably doesn’t give a f—k! In fact, that brash, controversial style is what made him famous in the first place.