Created by local artist, Reuben Dangoor, the online scrutiny the footballer faces has been visualised whilst highlighting the positive work he has been doing off the pitch and the impact it’s had.
FOLLOWING THE huge amount of social media abuse that Marcus Rashford has been subject to, Beats by Dre wanted to show their support for the Manchester United player by creating a powerful mural in the heart of Manchester.
Created by local artist, Reuben Dangoor, the online scrutiny faces has been visualised whilst highlighting the positive work he has been doing off the pitch and the impact it’s had.
Dangoor said: “The piece was created to try and show the two worlds that Marcus is currently dealing with.
“On social media he is both abused and celebrated. It must be tough for anyone. It was an interesting project to get involved with, and was nice to see Beats show support to Marcus, acknowledging his unique situation, and highlighting the abuse and achievements that he receives.”
Rashford received countless racist messages on Instagram in January 2021 after United drew 0-0 with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
“I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am,” Rashford responded via Twitter. “No-one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So, sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.
“I’m not sharing screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and as you can imagine there’s nothing original in them.I have beautiful children of all colours following me and they don’t need to read it. Beautiful colours that should only be celebrated.”
Rashford was awarded the MBE for his work fighting child food poverty, received the abuse after playing at Emirates Stadium in north London.
Last summer, Rashford responded after the vile abuse aimed at him after his penalty miss during the Euro 2020 final in July. Rashford, 23, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Bukayo Saka, 19, were the targets of racial abuse on Twitter and other social media platforms after they missed spot-kicks in a penalty shootout with Italy which settled the final after the game finished as a 1-1 draw.
In an emotional statement, Rashford said: “I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time.
“I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s been clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence. I’ve always backed myself for a penalty but something didn’t feel quite right. During the long run up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted.”
A mural honouring Rashford was vandalised less than an hour after the national team’s loss in the Euro final. Graffiti has been scrawled across the artwork, in Withington, which depicts the much-loved Manchester United striker.