Just read an item about protesters picketing a Boston gallery because they were showing Renoir paintings. What?
Their complaint seems to be that they don’t like his work. Turns out that “Renoir’s deformed pink fuzzy women” are not their cup of tea. How did we get to the point where people are so narcissistic that they protest when reality doesn’t line up with their tastes?
What is that quote about parody being indistinguishable from extremism? The protesters claim that they were being ironic. So they actually like Impressionists but thought it would be terribly clever to pretend to be Westboro Baptist Church members; or something. To what end? Although they probably should be awarded a brownie point for getting the word “iconoclast” in the news.
I’m not sure this is going to get them their full 15 minutes of fame (though they did get picked up by the BBC). This most likely is one of those things where you had to be there to fully appreciate it. From a distance, it’s hard to pick up on the irony when we live in the crazy years; where plenty of people are deliriously happy to have their tastes rule over others (see our current political class).