If you think artists are sensitive people that are overly caring about the marginalized: Shepard Fairey Halts Whitewashing of “Offensive” LA Mural
“Yeah, these things happened and they’re part of a terrible history, but this mural has nothing to do with that,” Fairey told the Los Angeles Times. “What he has in his mural is nothing close to the battle flag. It’s not the same color scheme. It’s not the same focal element. It’s stupid to me. I thought that cooler heads would prevail because this is absurd.”
Shepherd Fairey is such a shit.
These people went into a Korean neighborhood, populated by people who lived through WWII
. It is public art, which is presumably for the neighborhood. I'm sure it was intentional, but it looks like the fucking Rising Sun flag. That's not what you want to see in your neighborhood if you are familiar with what it represents!
So, these White artists and art critics decide the people who live there and have to look at it are stupid and should shut up.
It's sad that for people to understand things you have to make a Nazi analogy, but you do. So here we go: What if you painted a mural with a manji
in a Jewish neighborhood. You could make all sorts of valid arguments about how it existed before the Nazis and has other meanings in other cultures. But you can't argue away that it would make people think of the Nazi swastika painted on a school in their neighborhood. The right thing to do would be to say, hey, I didn't mean it; I'll take it down. The wrong thing to do would be to tell them they're dumb.
I love art, but I fucking hate the art world, especially the parts of it that – perversely – make the most money.