I use to love Banksy. Something about his punk-rock street art just resonated with this angry socialist. As I got older, I realized that I was so right. He's definitely not a hypocritical millionaire pretending to represent the underclasses. He is a genius.
Banksy is currently spending some time in New York City, spraying his stencil art all over the city. And man, are they the opposite of pretentious.
Looks like someone doesn't like censorship. What a brave stance for an artist to take. I don't think there's ever been a person who promoted freedom of speech.* Banksy is a revolutionary.
Right, because art is against the law. There is not a cop on the face of the earth that tolerates art. Every teenager knows that.
Notice how the kid is spray painting "Ghetto 4 Life" while his butler holds a tray of spray paint. I don't think this kid is actually Ghetto 4 Life, I think he's just claiming to be ghetto.
Banksy, on the other hand, is ghetto. He's so ghetto that he sells his art for millions of dollars. I saw Exit Through the Gift Shop, I know how much his pieces go for. And I can tell you that having millions of dollars equals street cred.
This one shows an angry Ronald McDonald forcing a sub-human to shine his shoes. Banksy has re-painted Ronald's face to be a frown instead of a smile. It's meant to show that corporate entities treat the average person like a modern slave.
This means a lot more coming from a multi-millionaire. You know he means it, because he's so rich.
Banksy set up a booth for one day, and hired someone to sell these original stencils for $60 each. I love the sign that says "This is not a photo opportunity", because he obviously took a picture of it then posted it on his site. It makes you think. Makes you think about what a genius he is.
Today Banksy is making headlines for another reason. He wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times which was rejected. So he decided to post it on his site.
So what reaction is he hoping to provoke? My guess is anger. The reason I guess that is because a lot of people are very angry at him. I guess I can kind of guess why. After all, he did claim that the new World Trade Center is "a betrayal of everyone who lost their lives on September 11th."
Do you hear that architects, engineers, construction workers, city planners, and everyone else involved in this project? You are all terrible people! How dare you build this tower in the middle of Manhattan! How dare you! Don't you know the damage you're doing?!
Some of you 'uncool' people may be asking "How does building a massive, modern skyscraper equate to the terrorists winning? Isn't the rebuilding a sure sign that the terrorists have lost and the New York is still thriving? How do you connect those dots, Banksy?"
And Banksy would say "Fuck you. You don't know art."
Because he's a genius. And he's cooler than you. And he's a millionaire.
Okay, enough irony, here's somethings serious:
Why does anyone care what this stencil artist thinks?
* - Oops, turns out that Banksy is not the first person to be anti-censorship. Rage Against the Machine, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Galileo and almost every artist and scientist in the history of humanity have been anti-censorship.