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Monday, September 11, 2006

Bansky Strikes Again

Posted by on September 11 at 15:43 PM

Banksy, the artistic vandal who recently pranked Paris Hilton by tampering with her CDs, has hit Disney, setting a life-sized dummy of a Guantanamo inmate in the Thunder Mountain ride:


From the BBC:

The hooded figure was placed inside the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at the California theme park last weekend. It is understood to have remained in place for 90 minutes before the ride was closed down and the figure removed.

Most of Banksy’s work takes shots at governments, celebrities, and businesses, but his greater ambition—hinted at in the work below—seems to be a social-justice-minded takedown of art itself:


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You know, I really want to hate this Banksy character, but I just can't, because he's so razor-sharp. The Guantanamo figure is pure genius. So is that unbelievably fantastic sunset painting in the museum (with the Abu Ghraib figure) not only prongs the torturers but the museum itself. His shots are on target in a way that your average graffiti artist couldn't come within a mile of, and he just seems SMARTER than the art world.

Love it. ABC/Disney will no doubt try to blame this on the Clinton administration too.

Banksy is Brilliant!!


Now Sutton Beres Culler can rip off the idea, place it in an appropriate Seattle locale, and be hailed as geniuses by the Stranger.

bansky is the clever dadaist our times demand.

That post is not by me but by Paul the Imposter.

I love Banksky and agree with the points he makes (that's the disclaimer) but can we turn the spotlight somewhere else, somewhere people on the left feel a little uncomfortable addressing? Women in most Muslim countries have about as many rights as inmates at Guantanimo and people are demonized as antiIslamic for demanding that be addressed. Gender apartheid is considered a "cultural difference" way too often and we need someone with a backbone to call bullshit on that.

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