A wave of memes unleashed in Ecuador the celebration of a mural in Quito dedicated to the Battle of Pichincha, where Marshal Antonio José de Sucre defeated the Spanish troops. All because in the image of the artistic work a Pikachu from Pokemoncausing the laughter and surprise of the Ecuadorians.
The work was part of the commemoration of this milestone of independence of the South American country on May 24, 1822.
«With this artistic work, the project ‘CamiArte, route of freedom‘, a proposal for an open-air gallery”, says the mayor’s office, specifying that the work is carried out within the framework of the Bicentennial of the heroic deed.
Flanked by faces of indigenous women, the funny thing is the appearance of Pikachú in the center of the mural. The memes on Twitter did not wait:
How to forget when Pikachu commanded the patriotic forces, instilling great fear in the realistic army. 🤦🏻😉 pic.twitter.com/ngEZ6307YY
— 🎙Fabry Espinoza Larco (@jofabrol) May 16, 2022
Let’s go there 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/L8l0DTFrfv
— Pamela Troya (@pametroya) May 16, 2022
And then Antonio José de Sucre saw that the Spanish soldiers were shooting at him and with his last breath he shouted!!! Pikachu attack thunder!!!
— Leonardo Eguiguren (@Destajador) May 16, 2022
And then there was Pikachu with Abdón Calderón playing the physicist, we think that we cannot fall lower and suddenly 😒😒😒
— Paola López (@paolalopzh) May 16, 2022
Finally, I wish to express my indignation because the authorities have disrespected the city and the symbolic value of the libertarian deed 200 years of independence on May 24, and the @MunicipioQuito reduces it to #Pikachu
— Jorge Mora Varela (@jorgemoravarela) May 17, 2022
Celebrating the Bicentennial of the independence of the Spanish crown from the brush of a Spanish artist to remind us that our heads continue to be colonized, and by none other than PIKACHU.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
— Jose Mora (@Jose_Mora_U) May 16, 2022
Even former president Rafael Correa referred to the strange job:
Pikachu, the hero of Pichincha😉
PS Can the “artist” be sued? https://t.co/IERVyauZwN
— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) May 16, 2022
The mayor of Quito, Santiago Guarderas, although he does not understand what Pikachú is doing in the play, rejected the criticism.
«Obviously it’s people who don’t like culture, probably. Rather, we should be grateful to the Embassy of Spain, which is thus contributing to the Bicentennial », he told the press.
The Metropolitan Heritage Institute (IMP), for its part, issued a release in which he says that although the work “is within the framework of the celebrations and commemorations of the Bicentennial of the historic deed of May 24, 1822”, it “does not represent nor has it been inspired by the Battle of Pichincha”. And that is a creative freedom.