CNN apologizes over article about Brest Fortress Memorial
13:55, — Society
The CNN has apologized for causing offense by including the centerpiece of the Brest Fortress Memorial in a list of the world’s “ugliest monuments.”
An article that appeared on the CNN website on January 23 ranks the Courage Monument second among 11 pieces of architecture and sculptures. The contribution by British cultural commentator Iain Aitch sparked a barrage of criticism in Belarus and Russia. On February 6, it was revised to include an apologetic message. “We understand that the inclusion of the Brest Hero Fortress in this article from a contributor has caused offense in Belarus and Russia,” the message says. “This was unintended and we apologize. The article was intended to be a light-hearted look at monumental architecture worldwide. CNN recognizes that the monument is of solemn significance to many people honoring the sacrifice of soldiers.”
The article initially described the monument as a “giant, angry Belarusian emerging from a mountainous block of concrete looks as if he`s about to thump the West into submission before hurling North America at the sun.” “He marks the defense of the Belarusian city of Brest and the Soviet victory in World War II,” the author said. “He also serves as a reminder not to mess with Belarus—ever. Others say he simply looks constipated.”
Editors subsequently replaced the last sentence in Mr. Aitch’s contribution with the words, “It [the monument] may not be beautiful but there`s no denying its scale and significance.