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Woman’s explicit Christmas display draws outrage from neighbors: ‘It's certainly a statement‘

Dillon Thompson

A Kansas woman angered several of her neighbors after revealing a large, sexually explicit holiday display on her rooftop.

Shelby Gash, 24, shared photos of her decorated home on Facebook earlier this month, showing what would go on to become a source of local outrage. The house's roof was patterned with a long string of lights in the shape of a male reproductive organ.

"Sorry neighbors... I felt the need to make a giant d*** on the roof," Gash wrote on Facebook. "'Tis the season!"

The Facebook post received hundreds of shares, but some nearby residents didn't learn of the design until earlier this week, when local station WDAF-TV reported on the display. 

"Well it's certainly a statement," one neighbor, Marcelo Vergara told WDAF-TV. "I don’t know to what, but [it's] probably not appropriate for the neighborhood."

"Yeah, and I don't think it's appropriate for little kids," Marcelo's wife, Christi Vergara added.

Gash, however, has stood by her holiday decor. The 24-year-old told WDAF-TV that many people "think it's hilarious," adding that the decorations have changed the "vibe" in a neighborhood she described as being "uptight."

"People are stopping in the middle of the night taking photos and laughing," Gash said. "People think it's so much fun. I think there's a lot more laughter than it's bringing out anything uncomfortable."

But the fun ultimately came to an end for Gash, who said she took down the display after four days due to concerns about small children in the neighborhood. Still, she told WDAF-TV that she wished the response had played out differently.

"I wish people would come up to me if they're really bothered by it," Gash said.

And plenty of commenters on Gash's Facebook post seemed to agree. Many took her side in the issue, saying her neighbors were being too serious. 

"Awesome. My wife and I need to do the same here in the northwest, probably the neighbors need to just loosen up and enjoy the view," one person commented.

"People need to understand that it’s YOUR house and you WILL do what you want with YOUR house," another wrote.