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Savannah is on the hunt for a prankster who put googly eyes on a statue of Nathanael Greene

Arguably improved.


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Published Oct 14, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 4:11 am CDT

If there’s one thing we can always hold to be true, it’s that putting googly eyes on things, people, and animals is hilarious. The city of Savannah is not laughing, however, after a prankster put the ubiquitous plastic craft supplies on a statue of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene in the city’s Johnson Square.

Greene was a Major General inv the Continental Army and one of George Washington’s most valuable officers. His remains rest in a monument near the statue.

The City of Savannah Government Facebook page put out a post on Thursday hoping to track down the person who gave Greene the hilarious (but definitely, totally illegal) makeover.

“It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it’s a crime,” the posts reads, adding that anyone with information as to the identity of the vandal should call the Savannah Police Department.

Who did this?! Someone placed googly eyes on our historic #NathanaelGreene statue in #JohnsonSquare. It may look funny…

Posted by City of Savannah Government on Thursday, October 11, 2018

The whole thing may seem (or if we’re being honest, is) funny, but the city means serious business; the incident is being treated as a misdemeanor criminal trespass. But according to the Savannah Morning News, if the damage exceeds $500 it gets bumped up to criminal damage to property, which is a felony offense.

“Included in the definition of criminal trespass is the defacing, mutilating or defiling any grave marker, monument or memorial to one or more deceased persons who served in the military service,” the law states.

Social media posts tend to be a cesspool for public outrage, but going by the comments on the post, Savannah residents are, uh, not taking the alleged crime seriously.

“Turns out that I’m nowhere near white enough to be outraged by this,” quipped one commenter, while another added, “I’m blonde haired, green eyed, my foundation color is called Snow… And I’m not even white enough to be mad at this.”

Another evoked Dwight from The Office with a GIF captioned, “Defacing historic monuments with googly eyes is not a joke, Jim! It is a crime! This is no laughing matter!”

Others on Twitter had similar sentiments:

While someone else made a valid point:

Is it worth getting slapped with a possible a felony over a prank that entertains an entire city, and the rest of the internet by proxy? Twitter definitely seems to think so.

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*First Published: Oct 14, 2018, 1:03 pm CDT