Monday, February 26, 2007

"Non-political art"?

Any idiot can do something stupid and call it art, and this Brit is no different. From the New Editor:
According to Reuters, London 'performance artist' Mark McGowan, dressed in a suit and wearing a George Bush mask with a sign on his posterior reading, "Kick My Ass," will offer New Yorkers a chance to kick him during a 72-hour crawl across Manhattan, hoping "his performance proves therapeutic to the city's denizens."

McGowan told Reuters that he "insisted his work was no publicity stunt but art: 'It's definitely an art form. A lot of the things I do are a bit silly but they always have a political edge to them.'"

Reports Reuters:
McGowan [who] said he does not have any particular political stance on the Republican president ... made his name in Britain with a series of controversial acts including a performance called "Dead Soldier" where he dressed up in army fatigues and lay in the streets for a week. He also crawled 60 miles from London to the town of Canterbury.
He "doesn't have a particular political stance" on Bush, eh? Well, as a commenter so astutely pointed out:
From Reuters:

"McGowan [who] said he does not have any particular political stance on the Republican president"

From McGowan's website:

"On a more serious note this is a protest against George Bush and his policies and i am expecting injuries, i just hope not to (sic) severe."
A fine deal of research done by al-Reuters, huh?

Come on, #sswipe, if you're gonna offer up your duff for pugelistic purposes, the least you could do is be a little more forthright with the world, hmmm?

Liberal policy at its finest: "Please...kick our ass!"