This is really funny. Max Blumenthal sent it along as “the most creative slam of Zionism ever.” And while I’d like to include it in my brief that Zionism is becoming a dirty word, that would be a stretch.
Activist/scholar/jester Max Geller was invited on to the WGN TV set in Chicago because he is organizing a protest against the over-inclusion of Pierre Auguste Renoir paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago. The anchors joshed with Geller about why he cares. Because, he explains:
Renoir sucks as a painter…
What gives museums a right to peddle this treacle?…
Yes, in real life trees really are beautiful, but if you just took Renoir’s word for it it would just be a collection of disgusting green squiggles and nobody needs to see that.
Geller gets a little more serious: The Art Institute should sell these Renoirs “and instead buy some art that is painted by women or painted by people of color.” Curators should be “intentional” about who they put on their walls.
“But why not let the free market dictate whose paintings are good or not?” asks the male anchor. Geller:
When we let the free market dictate things we get things like climate change, things like the prison industrial complex, like Zionism, and the destruction of sea otter habitat.
The female anchor jumps in. “Let’s stick with Renoir though. I’m curious why him and not Monet…”
Geller crossed a red line with the reference to sea otter habitat!