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Meran Grace Bull-Watkins, Mullumbimby

In response to Byron’s ‘Disco Dong’ still riles community in letters (April 17). At the John Pilger talk the MC said that the Byron Shire is one of ‘the most forward-thinking’ regions in the whole country. I bit my tongue. Would a forward-thinking region honestly complain incessantly about this sculpture for five months?

Sure, you don’t like it. Sure, you feel the money would be better used on other things. But hey, it’s done now. Let’s take a collective deep breath and accept the fact that the sculpture is staying. Learn to love it, meditate around it, get – over – it.

Need help? I can think of several issues that really deserve your attention, passion, and your creativity. The destruction of the natural world (see: climate change); plastic in our oceans; the Adani mine in Queensland; the continued abuse of refugees on Manus Island; the death of Aboriginals in custody and horrific suicide rates of young Aboriginal’s.

Or are the ‘sensibilities of the creative souls of Byron Shire’ strictly reserved for Byron Shire issues?

Raphael Lee Cass, as a woman I can tell you I wouldn’t be too bothered if the media changed the name from ‘Disco Dong’ to ‘Polished Pussy’, but I do mind about how much the media cares for something that, at the end of the day, is just a sculpture.

Let’s prove the MC at the John Pilger talk right: let’s be the most forward-thinking region in the country. Let’s focus our anger on issues that are more important and beneficial for the good of all humanity. Not just the Byron Shire.

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