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Zuma's glory

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Offline Faerie

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I understand a painting of our revered president in all his naked glory is being displayed at an art gallery here in Jhb. Depicting the man's dangly bits, with two pigs in the background having a snorking good time with each other, the words "a fish rots from the head down" superimposed over a picture of Africa. Huge ruckus on the radio about it. Anybody seen a pic of it yet? I'd suppose the pigs refer to Orwell's Animal Farm. The rest is pretty blatantly obvious as to meaning and reference.


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I haven't seen a pic of it, but I understand it's been sold already...
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Here’s the part that most offends the picayune minds of the ANC.  The whole furore is ridiculous and illustrates how little our government lackeys really understand about democracy and civil liberties like freedom of expression.  If you’re a public figure, especially a well-known and controversial one, you must expect and learn to live with this sort of thing.  The expectation that no derision should be heaped on you from any quarter is as presumptuous as it is unreasonable… |-O

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♫ whooohooooo hoooooo whohooohoooo! Barbara Streisand! ♫
"Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground, Silly monkeys, give them thumbs, they make a club and beat their brother down. How they survive, so misguided, is a mystery. Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven, conscious of his fleeting time here" - Tool


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R146 000 for a piece of art from a previously unknown artist.... not a bad way to start a career (however shortlived it might be)


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I am waiting with bated breath for the court's decision. If they decide against the gallery, I will personally spread those pictures around, everywhere, from Facebook to everyone in my mail address book to message boards I belong to (yes, I made a point of saving them). Then the bunch of idiots will learn that in the age of the internet, attempts at censorship are pointless and in fact just make things worse for you.

For the record, I think it is bad, bad art. But not as bad as censorship. Jeebus H. Merciful Crispy, the more things change the more they stay the same. The frickin' Groot Krokodil would have felt right at home in the New South Africa...

Spear of the nation indeed. Mtondo we sizwe...





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What seems to have gotten lost amidst all the hot-headed commotion is that if one of art’s functions is to increase awareness of something through being confrontational and stirring up controversy, then the work in question has been singularly and spectacularly successful.  By that yardstick, it would be wrong to label it “bad art.”

“Mtondo we sizwe” LOL!

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Hi

Sorry I cant resist it !

Umshini wam ! (Repeat as needed)
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He should just have said the artist had drawn it too small and leave it at that.

Streisand indeed.
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♫ whooohooooo hoooooo whohooohoooo! Barbara Streisand! ♫

I'm thinking the same, and he should be happy the artist seems to have been generous.


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omfg It is on wikipedia already...   ;D

ha ha ha

How do you censor that, JZ?? (I also notice it links to the Streisand effect)

The fucking irony
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♫ whooohooooo hoooooo whohooohoooo! Barbara Streisand! ♫

I'm thinking the same, and he should be happy the artist seems to have been generous.

I was too prudent to mention it, but I fully agree, the man should feel flattered....  >:D


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Quote from: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spear_(painting)">Wikipedia – The Spear (painting)</a>
The ANC Womens’ League has also demanded that the exhibition be halted, and all instances of the image be removed from the internet.

(Emphasis added.)
Good luck with that.

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And another good thing: it's luckily a bit more abstract than the one of the Canadian PM! I wish our country could grow up and see that Zuma isn't a Zeus and the Emperror really has no clothes, come on when are we ever going to stop blaming apartheid and hate be a bunch of haters, temting to say we should grow a pair, but clearly it seems we have môre than enough, a patriachal society like ours getting it's ego bruised, never...
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