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Two Lady Artists with Bees in Their Bonnets

02 February 2007

Artastrophe II

Okay, we're a little late to the party, but That Broad had to go to MA this weekend to investigate ... and the verdict is in: the previous week's art/marketing/policing debacle in Boston ensures that even more people will feel justified in their belief that artists are idiots.

In case you missed it, two art-dorks (we mean, performance artists) were hired by a small marketing company that was in turn engaged by Turner Broadcasting to promote a new TV show by placing small lite-brite-style boxes around several cities, including New York. The boxes have been in place for months thus far, mostly without causing a stir, but last week Boston spent approximately $750,000 responding to the possibility that the they posed a terrorist threat.

As always, Broadsheet duly took the side of the artists... right up until the time they staged a mock press conference, refusing to answer any questions that didn't pertain to their hairstyles.

Air America's Randi Rhodes weighed in against the terror hysteria, bashing poor beleaguered Williamsburg in the process. She described the two terror suspects, both of whom were arrested and then released on bond in Boston last week, as "graduates of Mass College of Art... you know, those kinds of white guys with the dreads and the tattoos and the PIERCINGS." Managing to take a broad swipe at hipster-art-dorks everywhere, the Boston police and Homeland Security in one impressive breath she said, "if they're terrorists, have ya been to Williamsburg? Have ya seen the people there? If those two guys are terrorists, then Williamsburg is a sleeper cell." Ha!

Poor us!


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