Hipsters, Fakesters & Illegal Polish Genitalia: I Say, Call for the Gang Rape

[Hipsters, Fakesters, Polish Bigots]

'Just then the assholes friend sprung from his seat and started yelling at him.

Ķ I dont fucking care about that shit! he yelled, his finger jabbing toward the assholes chest.

He brushed quickly past the girls and into the caf.'

[1] Aimee is a very, very good writer, who writes about Williamsburg Hipsters. Sweet. Hipstersareannoying.com.
*Cough* .. speaking of Friendster ... here's FAKESTER:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all fakesters and real people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

We believe that Friendster's genocide of fakesters is the suicide of Friendster. It is the fakesters, this explosion of creativity, that differentiates Friendster from all other boring networking/dating sites. This genocide must end!

For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


[2] After Abe alerted me to the madness being wrought by Friendster Execs, I got drawn into this fascinating fight between a vivid collection of indie-identity freaks, all redoing the virtual punk-style, & the straight-laced SF dater-men running the site. Hell, Jacques Derrida is my friend. Viva the The Fakester Manifesto! Friendster is beginning to sound a bit like Poland ...

Yes indeed, Polish artist DOROTA NIEZNALSKA was sentenced to 6 months of confinement in her community for "violence to religious feelings." The court case was brought against her by the Polish religious right, the "Polish Families and Polish Youth." Some recommended punishments for the artist from sympathetic Christians (who also catcalled "shame on you!" and "you must be sick!") included shaving her head (the punishment for "sleeping with the Nazis in WWII") and a gang rape.


<serious rant>
Whoa .. rewind that: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN POLAND? The closest case I can think of, besides the racism and sexism salvationary, organised religion in general metes out to this Earth on a daily (& nightly) basis, and the well-honed, fascist violence of militant anti-abortionists, would be the artistic persecution of Giuliani vs. Chris Offili and his "Virgin Mary," which was all the rage in 2000. Offili, a Catholic, used shit as a painting medium (which was quite beautiful).But at least the Right was simply trying to shut down the exhibition (& they failed). In Poland, however, we have an artist already sentenced, which sets dangerous precedent, with a blood-thirst "turn-the-other-cheek" public calling for RAPE. Why not just get on with it: why not just call for a witch-burning?
</serious rant>

Those </rant> tags are not meant to belittle the force of my writing, but to signal an advance in the fight. For this is a fight, and the name of the enemy is global and it is simple: it is fascism. Right-wing religion has always bled nicely into fascist structures. Italy is an excellent example. It's not a case of "looking like the Nazis," but realising that we, and yes, this is a group responsibility, are acting like them.

But to contextualise my response & to get back to the point, at least a bit of art-history: as one can see in the installation, this is hardly an ultra-contentious work in its depiction of the body and torment (especially compared to the '60s Viennese Aktionismus group or COUM or the political work of Mike Parr on Australian detentionees). Hell -- torment and genitalia ARE CHRIST, this is the ECSTASY of torture promoted all over Catholicism -- the primary complaint against Nieznalksa being that she showed male genitalia, and a man's face "in torment" on a video monitor. I guess this whole Catholic-torment-thing is kind of Italian, and the Northern Poles, although religious, have a hard time of it. I guess these religious types must have some weird sex too--don't look down there, oh no you've seen .. MY PENIS! Quick, we need a gang rape!

*Zap* -- what year are we in again?

posted. Fri - August 15, 2003 @ 11:12 AM           |