“Ritton House [sic]. Saint of Self Defense. Slayer of Pedophiles,” read a poster shrine to Kyle Rittenhouse on an electrical box on the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Holloway Drive in front WeHo Bistro. The poster went up sometime in the morning on Thursday, December 16. The artwork shows the 17-year-old vigilante as some sort of avenging angel holding a spear on one hand, a shield on the other, and a semi-automatic, AR-15 style rifle dangling across his chest.
Twitter user Jamie Hendrix @Jamie_R_Hendrix posted a photo of the poster. “What the actual f*ck.” He tweeted. “THIS in West Hollywood?!”
What the actual fuck. THIS in West Hollywood?! pic.twitter.com/Bjsm8bcEVu
— Jamie Hendrix (@Jamie_R_Hendrix) December 16, 2021
The poster outraged some community members.
“Horrific.” Replied Amanda Stoneall.
“I. Literally. Can’t.” Said @AnnaBanna.
“White Nationalists bullshit (face with rolling eyes emoji),” Tweeted Dominic Antonio Crossey.
“I imagine it will be defaced momentarily,” tweeted Andrew Krop. “Still fucked up, though. Definitely some anarchist/boogaloo dickwads trying to stir shit in LA. They were there during the BLM protests, so not surprised. Disgusting nonetheless.”
“THIS in West Hollywood?!” Asked Jamie Hendrix.
And the answer to is question is no. Not in West Hollywood.
The offending poster was removed hours after it was posted on Twitter, and life in front of WeHo Bistro was back to normal.
On August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and wounded another in Kenosha, Wisconsin (he’s from Antioch, Illinois). The shootings occurred during the protests, riots, and civil unrest that followed the non-fatal shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer. At trial, Rittenhouse used the affirmative defense of self-defense. Rittenhouse and the three men he shot were white. Rittenhouse was armed with a semi-automatic, AR-15 style rifle and had joined a group of armed men in Kenosha who, according to their own assertion, were protecting businesses. He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety (2 counts). The verdict was not guilty on all charges.
Rottenhouse’s not guilty verdict polarized the country on both sides of the political spectrum. He has been embraced by right-wing politicians and figures.
According to the poster, which misspelled his name, he is being billed as a saint.
Not in West Hollywood.