annehstevens asked: The UNLV Running Rebels have a Confederate general as a mascot. This is what happens when you don’t get rid of your racist mascots: http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/uproar-after-unlv-rebellion-accused-posting-racist-photo
Yeah, it’s a real surprise that a bunch of assholes hanging on to “The Rebels” as a mascot might turn out to be a bunch of fucking racists.
A GIF version of unverified video footage found by the BBC of Caminero dropping the Ai vase (GIF by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)
In his first remarks since local artist Maximo Caminero smashed a vase in one of his artworks on view at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Ai Weiwei told the Associated Press that he doesn’t understand or agree with the vandal’s actions. ”Damaging other people’s…
This photograph mystifies me. Rather, its selection as a World Press Photo spot single award winner mystifies me. It’s an awkward image, unresolved but not dynamic, without the sense that the image has imposed some kind of fleeting visual order in the chaos. I see coughing, screaming, haze and collapse, people moving around and trying to get their footing. And there is Carlos Arredondo, climbing over the fence — or rather, there is the flag, standing out brighter and clearer than anything in the image. Maybe that’s the appeal. Maybe people who have that instinctive attachment to the signs of patriotism visually locked onto that detail and felt the rest of the image fall into place around it. If the flag is the anchor of the picture, then I see balance in the reds on the right — the jacket, the sleeve, the blood spilled — and this helps impose some order on the rest of the image. OK, I see it.
Well, if I may quote William Klein, fuck that. I’m not interested in the photographic legacy of this event falling over into flag worship. God knows we have seen enough flags-in-the-rubble images to last more lifetimes than we have to spare. The action that is most significantly captured in this image is Arredondo’s rush to action, which in this image looks tentative and inconspicuous. I am not moved by the fact that he hoists the flag while trying to find a foothold in this moment. No.
What we know about Carlos Arredondo — and there is a lot to know — we know from other photographs. Better ones. Ones that have their priorities in place.
Where would we be without limit cases? Maybe this kind of thing will be to copyright law what the Scientologists are to the separation of church and state. Or maybe the wrong court will have a complete void where their sense of humor should be. Parody is like porn, and while everyone thinks they know it when they see it, there are different strokes for different folks. So far, the Dumb Starbucks people have undermined the genius of their concept and execution with underprepared PR; the whole thing looked tight as hell until somebody got in front of a reporter and said, basically, “we just really like starbucks and we wanted to see if we could get away with this.”
Dumb question: Is it enough to add the word “dumb” in front of something for it to count as a parody? That’s something “Dumb Starbucks” is claiming.
Go Forth and Educate Yourselves!
I’d also highly recommend watching the Jane Elliot Brown-eye/Blue-eye experiments, which can be found here:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pv8mCHbOrs (Part 1)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neEVoFODQOE (Part 2 - Has very important points on Reverse Racism and how it doesn’t exist, and it also dismantles the “We All Bleed Red” mentality.)