Malibu Sanctuary City Sign Draws Strong Reaction From Left And Right
The city of Malibu, Calif. recently voted to become a sanctuary city. The news of such a wealthy town making that move was met with mixed reactions. While immigration activists saw the message the vote sent, some people were quick to make jokes about Malibu becoming a sanctuary city since it is 92 percent white and one of the richest cities in Los Angeles County. Someone decided to make a statement about Malibu’s new “sanctuary city” status, posting two signs with questionable messages.
This is one of the “prank” signs that appeared in Malibu after it became a sanctuary city.
The sign reads:
“OFFICIAL SANCTUARY CITY
‘Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make
(Boyle Heights Not So Much)”
City officials have denounced the signs and had them removed. The intended message — whether to call out Malibu or make a statement against undocumented immigrants — is unclear.
“This was not an official city sign,” Malibu council member Laura Rosenthal told The Los Angeles Times.
“To make a derogatory comment about that place is very childish and inappropriate. I’m embarrassed by that,” Peak said. “We have a lot of immigrants who work in Malibu. It’s probably the majority of the employees here.”
Nobody has taken credit for the sign but one right-leaning street artist is hinting at knowing the jokester’s identity.
— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) April 5, 2017
“Some friends of mine put those up last night,” an artist known as Sabo told The Hollywood Reporter.
Whether the prank was done to make fun of Malibu or demonize undocumented immigrants, it clearly got a reaction from people.
Hate tends to stem from insecurity & cowardice. Racist 'Official Sanctuary City' Sign Goes Up In Malibu https://t.co/o0dUgPR2pB
— Juan Vasquez (@JuanSVas) April 5, 2017