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Taylor Swift mural defaced with gorilla Harambe and replaced with Kanye West

Published 22/07/2016

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: A mural is seen in Hosier Lane on July 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. The original mural by Melbourne graffiti artist Lushsux depicted Taylor Swift, painted in response to the current social media spat between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. Kardashian released a recording this week of her husband Kanye West speaking to Swift about his lyrics referring to her in his song 'Famous.' Swift has denied she approved the lyrics about her. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: A mural is seen in Hosier Lane on July 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. The original mural by Melbourne graffiti artist Lushsux depicted Taylor Swift, painted in response to the current social media spat between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. Kardashian released a recording this week of her husband Kanye West speaking to Swift about his lyrics referring to her in his song 'Famous.' Swift has denied she approved the lyrics about her. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: A mural is seen in Hosier Lane on July 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. The original mural by Melbourne graffiti artist Lushsux depicted Taylor Swift, painted in response to the current social media spat between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. Kardashian released a recording this week of her husband Kanye West speaking to Swift about his lyrics referring to her in his song 'Famous.' Swift has denied she approved the lyrics about her. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: A mural is seen in Hosier Lane on July 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. The original mural by Melbourne graffiti artist Lushsux depicted Taylor Swift, painted in response to the current social media spat between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. Kardashian released a recording this week of her husband Kanye West speaking to Swift about his lyrics referring to her in his song 'Famous.' Swift has denied she approved the lyrics about her. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: A mural is seen in Hosier Lane on July 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. The original mural by Melbourne graffiti artist Lushsux depicted Taylor Swift, painted in response to the current social media spat between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. Kardashian released a recording this week of her husband Kanye West speaking to Swift about his lyrics referring to her in his song 'Famous.' Swift has denied she approved the lyrics about her. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: A mural is seen in Hosier Lane on July 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. The original mural by Melbourne graffiti artist Lushsux depicted Taylor Swift, painted in response to the current social media spat between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. Kardashian released a recording this week of her husband Kanye West speaking to Swift about his lyrics referring to her in his song 'Famous.' Swift has denied she approved the lyrics about her. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

A mural dedicated to “the memory” of Taylor Swift has been defaced in Melbourne.

The image, which said “In loving memory of Taylor Smith 1989_2016” was painted in the famous Hosier Lane in the Australian city.

But the image has been defaced with a cartoon face drawn over the original image and the words “in loving memory of Harambe”, referencing a gorilla who was shot dead by zookeepers earlier this years.

Then the face was replaced with an image resembling Kanye West.

A tag line was also added below the reference to Harampe, which said “the Savage 2016 murdered Taylor Smith on Snapchat.”

The popstar has hit headlines recently after she became embroiled in a feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

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Some said the row about whether West had permission to reference Swift in a song had harmed the Bad Blood singer’s image.

Artist lushsux said: “The recent passing of@taylorswift is heart wrenching. Come and leave some flowers and light some candles at her memorial in Hosier lane in honour of her memory.”

The artists has been posting updates of the mural on his instagram but has been ambiguous about who was behind the makeovers.


Anyone know a good lawyer?

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Should I fix up sweet princess Tay Tay's wall?

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WHO DID THIS PLEASE STOP PLAYING WITH MY WORK

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