RIP 'Taylor Smith:' Mural mocks Taylor Swift's reputation

"In loving memory," the mural reads, near a detailed illustration of Taylor Swift. The years 1989-2016 are scribbled below what's meant to be a rendition of Swift's signature. 

The mural, created by Australian graffiti artist lushsux, pays tribute to Swift, whose reputation was metaphorically "murdered" during a recent feud with Kim Kardashian-West.

Kardashian-West roused social media Sunday night when she released video of a phone call in which Swift allegedly gave consent to Kanye West to use her name in song lyrics for the song "Famous." The hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty began trending.

Before Kardashian-West’s video reveal, Swift repeatedly denied that she had consulted with West. The footage suggested that Swift had lied, prompting lushsux to "pay respects" to Swift with a mural.

But if you look closely, the artist seems to have misspelled Swift’s name.

The mural appears to read: "In loving memory of Taylor Smith."

Lushsux told The Daily Mail that the mix up was "an unintentional mistake."

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Lushsux, who previously created murals of Kardashian-West, told the New York Daily News that he received an email from Swift's attorneys asking that the artwork be taken down.

"I won't be taking down my 'Taylor Smith' mural any time soon," the artist told the Daily news. "But there have been multiple threats from Taylor Swift's (fans) to go down and destroy the wall."

A day after the Swift/Smith mural went up, the artwork was altered to refer to Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla that grabbed and dragged a 3-year-old boy who climbed into an ape enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.

WHO DID THIS?!?!

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First they took Harambe from us and now Tay tay too? 2016 has been rough.

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Adrian Crawford contributed to this story.

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