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'BLM' and 'Defund the Police' Spray Painted at Graceland

'BLM' and 'Defund the Police' Spray Painted at Graceland”

"Graceland has no comment", Graceland spokesperson David Beckwith said. "I mean, besides the day that Elvis passed away, this right here is right up next to it", said Bill Stanley, Elvis' stepbrother. Levitt Shell, an open-air concert amphitheater in Memphis was also vandalized. "Where I come from, you don't mess with Elvis!" former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee tweeted this morning. Graceland was once home to Presley and is still owned and operated by his estate. "Stop placing value of white icons and property over Black lives", the entity wrote, with the message preceded by a quote about the Graceland graffiti.

Fans of Elvis often scribble messages to the late Tupelo, Mississippi, native on the wall outside his home, Graceland.

The splash painted lettering included stores of accolades for Elvis composed with the guide of utilizing fans who've visited the King's household since it officially has become an exhibition hall in 1982. "It breaks my heart to see his memory tarnished this way", weighed in Grammy-winning country artist Travis Tritt. But how do we talk together, how do we ensure that the messages we provide are productive? Online, meanwhile, debate over the identity of the vandals was held across social media, with some blaming leftist "thugs" for the damage and others claiming that "infiltrators" seeking to discredit the Black Lives Matter movement were responsible. "It is a symbol of everything this city gets wrong about [sic] economic development and activists are smart to use it to promote their cause".

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Tennessee State Rep. Antonio Parkinson also shared his view on the incident in a now-deleted Facebook post after people were outraged by the post.

It appears that the responsible parties left their mark exclusively on the famed Graceland wall - not the mansion itself, which sits on a almost 14-acre patch of land. "So, really, it's WHAT was written, not the fact that it was written, right?" he wrote. In the video, five people can be seen spray painting the mural.

Among the slogans were "Defund MPD" (Memphis Police Department), "Eat the Rich", "F**k Trump" and "F**k (Mayor) Strickland".



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