Locals in the Spanish city of Segovia are angry with Satan. Not because he's been stealing goats and getting the local girls pregnant, but because a proposed statue of the legendary bad man appears... too nice.
A sculptor has been ordered to cease work on the bronze version of the devil, after a petition campaign said that his chubby, smiling face and approachable attitude – not to mention the fact that's he's taking a sodding selfie – are not exactly in keeping with the historical legend that accompanies the demon.
The particular complaint is that the statue "exalts evil" and makes the devil seem like a funny bloke, albeit one who's displaying his penis to passers-by. A judge has now ordered work on the statue to stop pending a more evil reworking. Perhaps giving him an erection for people to hang their shopping on while they take a photo of the view might help nasty him up a bit?
The artist told the BBC that he's shocked and saddened by the reaction to his cuddly demon even though the council is on his side, saying: "I love Segovia. I have lived here for three decades and I was hoping for this sculpture to be a form of demonstration of how thankful I am to Segovia for being my adopted town. I haven't received any money whatsoever for this sculpture. I haven't done this for the money but as a personal tribute to the city I call mine. You can imagine how I feel." [BBC]