This pink house's emoji mural is tearing the neighborhood apart

Cheryl Sanders
August 9, 2019

Some residents of California's Manhattan Beach community are up in arms about one house's new paint job: A homeowner repainted her house to feature two huge emojis on a hot pink backdrop. She had the house exterior painted pink and commissioned a local artist to paint two large emojis on the walls-on the second floor, a face with crossed eyes and its tongue sticking out; on the first floor, a face with crossed eyes and a zipper mouth.

Residents of Manhattan Beach's El Porto neighborhood plan to show up at a City Council meeting Tuesday to air their grievances about the striking paint job on the home, which belongs to Kathryn Kidd, a landlord who lives nearby and rents out the property, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The new paint job appeared after neighbors reported the home was being used for short-term rentals and the homeowner was fined $4,000. "I think the city is afraid of [Kidd] coming after them".

But Kidd says she contacted the city and was told that there are no rules against painting something creative on the sides of their homes.

Before leaving for a work trip in June, Wieland had eyelash extensions put on.

Kidd doesn't live in the home, The Los Angeles Times reported. They claim that a now-edited caption by Z the Art once read, "Are your neighbors constantly ratting you out?" But Kidd maintains that she is just having some playful fun, that the emoji make her happy, and that she isn't trying to offend anybody. "I think it's not even ambiguous, actually".

Kidd denied the eyelashes were meant to evoke her neighbor, saying that "I've never been that close to her, nor do I want to be" and that "she's probably paranoid", according to Easy Reader News. Not taking action is condoning this. "And we really feel it is our city's responsibility to have these regulations in place because people can do anything".

The group of neighbors has explored the ways it could fight to get the paint job removed, including how it could be seen as graffiti under city code, how it could violate signage laws and how it fails to fit in with the character of the neighborhood.

Long-time local Dina Doll argues that it is a public safety issue and obvious nuisance-news vans and curious onlookers have been crowding the narrow road for weeks. It is an illegal practice in Manhattan Beach. "It's nuts", Chris Strickfaden, who lives in the area, wrote in an email to the LA Times. However, this situation is not about the right of the homeowner. "I feel like I'm being bullied, frankly, by her", Wieland added.

"She's telling us to shut up. We told the city about it and now we're paying for it".

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