Losing Political Candidate Sues Rival Who Cursed Her With a ‘Black Magic’ Mural of a Giant Rooster January 5, 2014

Losing Political Candidate Sues Rival Who Cursed Her With a ‘Black Magic’ Mural of a Giant Rooster

When, in the Democratic primary of this past fall, Gwen Goodwin decisively lost her race for a New York City Council position, she decided that her defeat was perhaps the result of supernatural forces. Now Goodwin has filed a million-dollar lawsuit against her winning rival, Melissa Mark-Viverito, alleging the infliction of “emotional distress.”

Goodwin charges that under Mark-Viverito’s direction, a mural of a blue rooster’s head balancing on wooden slats was painted on the side of her building.

Mark-Viverito was the head of an urban-art campaign launched last summer called Los Muros Hablan (“the walls speak”). The effort celebrates Latino culture by painting murals on walls across the five boroughs. …

“According to neighbors of Puerto Rican and other backgrounds, in the Caribbean culture, [the rooster image] constituted a curse and a death threat, as a swastika or a noose would symbolize typically to many Jews or African-Americans,” Good­win alleges in a Manhattan Supreme Court suit she filed Friday.

This is the mural in question. It’s plenty attractive, except maybe for followers of voodoo or Santeria.

According to ABC, the artwork

… led to her becoming distracted and her campaign to lose energy. [Goodwin] says it may be “one possible reason for her loss during the Democratic primary for city council speaker.”

Believe it or not, this case has a precedent of sorts. Last May, Anna Pierre, a nurse, ran for mayor of Miami and finished last with just 0.86% of the vote — despite the fact that she’d claimed to have been endorsed by Jesus. Pierre had earlier alleged that political enemies sought to torpedo her campaign by leaving black-magic items outside her office, including candles and dolls with pins stuck in them (apparently, Jesus and his Dad were no match for a few dime-store voodoo items).

Partly thanks to the power of Google, Goodwin and Pierre will now never amount to anything politically.

Wish we could say the same for other candidates whose daffy superstitions ought to cast their fitness for office into doubt.

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  • I dig the mural.

  • benanov

    Yeah it’s got some potential as a meme, too. Disapproving Bird Mural.

  • Whitney Currie

    I see that accepting defeat gracefully hasn’t come back into style just yet.

    While I do like the colorful bird, I have to say, to me it looks a lot more like an Aztec version of a parrot to me. Still, the whole “Your black magic is stronger than my god” thing is a real head scratcher. Exactly what sort of god has a long standing fear of roosters, anyway?

  • That is an awesome mural, and this is comedy gold.
    Looks like the voters of NYC made the right decision.
    Can’t wait for the Saturday Night Live sketch.
    Here’s an appropriate soundtrack to enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwXai-sgM-s

  • Drakk

    What a bird-brain.

  • cathouseumbrella

    Giant Cock Destroys Political Aspirations

  • omnissiah

    oh thats great.haha

  • $925105

    I’m guessing she’d be terrified of going to France where the image of roosters is quite common.

  • Almost sprayed my dinner all over the monitor. 😀

  • Some people are their own straw man.

  • rtanen

    It was an image of one, and there is an actual precedent for those being harmful to politicians.

  • bismarket 1

    Looks like a Rastafarian Chicken to me.

  • icecreamassassin

    If this has emotionally distressed her, just IMAGINE how horrible it would be to her psyche if she were constantly bombarded with imagery of an ancient tool of torture and execution.

  • LesterBallard

    Glad she lost; she’s too rational to be in politics.

  • A3Kr0n

    Nowhere in the constitution does it limit a candidates use of curses and magic spells against an opponent. I’m pretty sure you can curse all you want.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Yeah spells and curses totally work. That is why we have a wiccan for president and our congress is made up of witches, magicians, sorcerers, psychics, wizards, and that lone necromancer. Hell, if magic were real I would be teleporting to and from classes and throwing balls of fire from my hands.

  • LesterBallard

    Anthony Weiner’s epitaph?

  • Jeff

    I see what you did there….

  • Richard Thomas

    Gives “voodoo economics” a whole new meaning.

  • TCC

    The same kind of god who is helpless in the face of iron chariots.

  • TCC

    Damn, you beat me to the obvious joke.

  • LesterBallard

    My rank is Captain . . .

  • Gabriel

    New Yorkers can only be very happy that this person lost. What a nut case. The Democratic version of the Tea Party. I hope they don’t gain power

  • Carlos Danger strikes again….http://youtu.be/TmWDm2Yw9dk

  • This comment came from the ABC news site. Gave me a good laugh.

    “As a Puerto Rican, I find this hilarious. Santeria is a bunch of hokum. I once had a neighbor in Santurce who placed some crazy rooster leg contraption wrapped with string on my friend’s front door. He was pissed at my friend for some supposed slight. It was Christmas-time, so my friend decorated it with lights and put a wreath around it. It drove the so-called ‘hexer’ crazy. This crap only affects people if they believe in it.”

  • James watts

    Why abuse the judicial system, at least they should investigate first
    An magic and curses are not real.

  • joe di lellio

    That’s beautiful work and well done. Were it my building I’d want to commission more.

  • WallofSleep

    All that proves is that god is a ratchet-head who follows the bro-code, which in that case prevented him from wrecking those sweet rides.

  • WallofSleep

    I’m just glad they stopped bitching about Judas Priest and Def Leppard albums.

  • Randay

    Here is another soundtrack to enjoy, “Black Magic Woman”.


    I guess Gwen Goodwin could not buy her “Stairway to Heaven”.

  • Choose_Freewill

    Here in Philly a few years back a dispute over who’s “magic” was stronger ended in murder – if you believe in absurdities…

  • Bob Jase

    That’s no rooster, that’s a parrot. I knows me birds.

  • Leiningen’s Ants

    I’d think The Parrot would be more effective.

  • Cris Waller

    If blue roosters are a problem, she better not go to Trafalgar Square right now… and this one actually looks like a rooster! More info here- http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/2013/12/08/giant-blue-chicken-in-trafalgar-square/

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