UVA Is for Lovers?

Wow, today on the bridge is this loaded question, aimed at the enduring painting for a student that died last semester:

IF SHE WEREN'T WHITE, WEALTHY, POPULAR, ETC.... WOULD THIS STILL BE HERE?

IF SHE WEREN’T WHITE, WEALTHY, POPULAR, ETC…. WOULD THIS STILL BE HERE?

I just wonder, what point was being made with this?  Should we have more and longer-lasting public memorials for non-white, non-wealthy, non-popular students?  Maybe we could give the painter the benefit of the doubt and assume they were trying to open an honest dialogue, but just did so too abrasively.  It seems rather spiteful to me though.  Can we just agree that no one wants to have student memorials at all, because death is made even more tragic when it strikes youth?

Someone must have thought this ruined the uplifting mood of the memorial, because only a couple hours later, it was painted completely white, waiting for a fresh start:

The east side painted completely white, to reset the record.

The east side painted completely white, to reset the record.

Only a few hours after that, I saw the west side was painted totally white as well:

The west side painted completely white to match the east side.

The west side painted completely white to match the east side.

It’s actually a pretty strange occurrence to have both sides of the bridge completely white and blank at the same time.  I’ve never seen it before.  Kind of reminds me of that old maxim: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

Momentarily distracted from talk about Beyonce causing or not causing power outages at the Super Bowl, the local Twitterverse picked up on this:

Tweets about bridge goings-on today.

Tweets about bridge goings-on today.

At the end of the day (literally), some students thought it best to use the fresh bridge canvas to make an appeal for love:

LOVE  ♡ EVERYBODY! ♡ UVA IS FOR LOVERS  WE ♡ U CASEY  THX B

LOVE ♡ EVERYBODY! ♡ UVA IS FOR LOVERS WE ♡ U CASEY THX B

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Update Feb 11:

The Cavalier Daily ran a couple pieces on this recently:  one documenting the controversial painting and another decrying it.

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