Why was this Spider-Man statue called “offensive” and removed?

Posted at 11:58 AM, Jun 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-16 11:58:54-04

This article contains content that some may find objectionable. 

A Spider-Man statue that was placed on the wall of a shopping center near a children’s playground in South Korea last year has been removed after complaints about the superhero’s very obvious… issue.

According to Kotaku, the artist, Eunsuk Yoo, said on his Facebook page that he wanted to show a superhero with a “natural physical phenomenon,” and he did just that.

Yoo was asked to either remove Spider-Man’s enormous erection or take the statue down.

He chose to remove the statue altogether, saying on his Facebook page that he was disappointed, but understood why.

*Below translation via Kotaku*

“I am the artist who made this piece. My reason for it was that I wanted apply the natural physical phenomenon to a superhero depict whats’s natural in the morning without lies and superficial-ness in a comical way.

There have been some comments on various community sites and Facebook pages that this is lewd and a disgrace to the source material. Lotte Shopping Center has received many complaint calls this morning from a certain organization, and after their meeting, it was decided that I have to either modify or take the statue down. Instead of modifying my work, I’ve decided to take it down.

It was ok for about a year and now it has to be taken down due a sudden interest in the piece, which is sad. But I understand that a piece that could be potentially interpreted as lewd can be offensive at a place like shopping mall. It’s disappointing, but I’ll reach out to the public with a better work next time.”