Texas' New Selfie Statue Has Residents Wondering WTF
'I'm embarrassed for everyone'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2016 4:52 PM CDT
This selfie statue in Sugar Land, Texas, is garnering reactions from LOL to WTF to SMDH.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A statue of two girls taking a selfie that was recently installed in Sugar Land, Texas, has residents reaching for their phones—but not to take a photo. “I’m embarrassed for everyone," one person tweeted. "This is why people hate the young generation! Stupid things like this," another posted on Facebook. "Good god help us." The statue, which is placed in front of Sugar Land's city hall, was part of a 10-piece collection donated to the city, KPRC reports. That at least headed off arguments the selfie statue was a waste of taxpayer money. Criticisms of its artistic merits, however, are still fair game. “The new statue...makes me really sad," reads a tweet. "If you're going to put one, make it meaningful.”

According to ABC News, the city is defending the statue's installation, which it says "reflects the public’s strong desire for art that beautifies the city." The city notes taking a selfie is an activity "common in the plaza." The donation of the statues—the rest are placed throughout Sugar Land—was "reviewed and approved" by two different citizen committees in 2014, according to a press release from the city. The Houston Chronicle reports there were no objections to the statues at the time.