Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Banksy is right(?).


So what went wrong that caused the riots? The fact that UK police has no guns? Because the young black drug dealer shouldn't be shot? Because of the recession? Repressed youth?
The 7pm project interviewed one of the participants and when asked why he was doing it he replied, 'I fucking hate the police, that's why.'
I think that pretty much sums up the whole thing.
And then I realized, isn't this what Banksy wanted?
All of his work is based on anti-authority, anti-corporation, anti-government.
In a way, all his graffiti came to life for the past week.
Yet when I read that the riot caused damage mostly to electronic retailers, sporting good stores and fashion outlets, it just feels so... immature. So juvenile. So ghetto.
The city is out of control, and all we ever wanted was more Nike shoes, flat screen TVs and Gucci shoes? (even if it's just to make a quick buck on eBay, you can't deny the power of consumerism.)
The riots didn't change a thing; big corporate giants are still winning.
Teens don't have the balls to rob banks, they just want materialistic shit.
Plus they don't want to be told what to do.
Sounds like my rotten spoilt Gen-Y cousins.
I think most creatives love Banksy because he's 'cool' showing the middle finger to the empire. But if young people tearing down a city stealing useless junk is part of his utopia, I doubt creatives will be glad. We just want to read cool shit from books.