What the hex? Dems in court fight over NY ‘voodoo’ mural

Photo: New York Daily News

Democrats really will believe about anything.

The woman widely expected to be the next City Council speaker in the Big Apple has been hit with a $1 million lawsuit by a challenger in September’s Democratic primary that claims Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito put a hex on her by putting a cursed cock cartoon on her building.

Gwen Goodwin

According to the New York Post, Gwen Goodwin – who came in last in a six-candidate field in the Sept. 10 vote – has filed court papers accusing Mark-Viverito of having a voodoo spell painted on the apartment building Goodwin has lived in since 1997.

Mark-Viverito spearheaded a city effort last summer called Los Muros Hablan (“the walls speak”), which had murals celebrating Latino culture painted on walls throughout the city. One of those walls belonged to Eastside Managers Associates – Goodwin’s landlord.

The five-story image of a cock’s head severed from its body is just below Goodwin’s apartment. The lawsuit claims the image and placement were intentional.

“According to neighbors of Puerto Rican and other backgrounds, in the Caribbean culture, this constituted a curse and a death threat, as a swastika or a noose would symbolize typically to many Jews or African-Americans,” the lawsuit claims, according to the Post.

Melissa Mark-Viverito

And the bodiless less cock performed its fowl play, Goodwin’s lawsuit claims: after the mural was complete, Goodwin developed a blood clot in her foot and a close friend started “acting crazy,” she told the Post.

Then she got skunked in the primary, which Mark-Viverito won handily. (It was one of those New York elections where the Democratic primary is all that matters.)

It’s odd to even type these words, in the United States of America, in the year 2014. But for the record, Mark-Viverito denies placing a voodoo spell on her rival by using a city project to have a five-story tall, bodiless cock’s head painted on Goodwin’s apartment building.

Do you believe her?


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