A woman in California is defending a controversial statue in her yard of a giant hand giving the middle finger.
June Sortore ?Statue Owner: “Frick frack I say.”
Call it giving someone the finger, or the bird. June Sortore says this 10 foot tall statue she put up in her yard has a different meaning of the “F” word.
June Sortore: ’ve still got fight, I’m still able to fight.”
Sortore says she’s fed up with past tribal leaders – homeowners letting their cattle run freely, ruining her yard – and alleged mishandling of tribal funds.
June Sortore: “There was one project where a guy was supposed to revamp our water, the guy went off on a holiday and went and bought furnishings for his house.”
So she built this statue. We can’t show you the whole thing because of FCC regulations. It’s been up in her yard for five years. It just became an issue last week when the tribal office asked her to remove it, calling it an embarrassment and offensive, especially to young children.
Reporter: “Do you think it’s okay for kids to walk by here and see this?”
June Sortore: “Sure, sure, my grandson, my youngest grandson helped me on it.”
We found a youth center and playground just down the street from Sortore’s home. Despite objection from the current tribal administration, Sortore plans to keep the one-gun-salute in her yard. She says it’s a freedom of speech and piece of artwork.
June Sortore: “Why is it bad, why is it obscene? To me it’s not obscene. It’s not hurting anyone, it’s all in which your interpretation is.”