Police in Torrence have arrested a West Hollywood artist who took credit for painting the words “Taste Like Hate” on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant last week in Torrence.
The name of the 30 year old artist is Manuel Castro, and he was arrested on suspicion of vandalism. Castro actually took credit for the message in a Huffington Post article back on Aug 3 in an exclusive interview.
Castro said he just felt compelled to make a statement after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy made controversial comments against gay marriage rights. After viewing the photos showing thousands of Americans lining up for the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”, it just pushed him over the edge and he had to take action.
“Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights — human rights. I’m against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They’re trying to take away what little rights we already have.”
The investigation is still ongoing, but a day before Castro was taken into custody he said the act was simply meant to further a discussion about tolerance and acceptance.
“I didn’t use violence. I used paint. Artists for centuries have expressed their opinions through this medium and I am no different…I am happy to pay for the costs of repainting the wall, but I am not — nor will I ever be — happy to sit quietly at the back of the bus.”
What are your thoughts on what Manual Castro did? Is he a hero standing up for gay rights, or a vandal with no respect for the property of others?