What do you think about this?


I posted about this on my personal blog and now blogging.la is covering it. An artist named Bansky made a public political statement at the magic kingdom last week and the picture is finally making the rounds.

Most people go to Disneyland to escape reality but when you round the last corner of Thunder Mountain Railroad and you suddenly see an inflatable near life size Guantanamo Bay prisoner doll – reality has really smacked you in the face.

Was Bansky right in doing this or should his political statement have been made somewhere else?
I personally think the statement is one that should be made but Tom Sawyer’s Island probably would have been a better location or how about “It’s a Small World?”

What do you think?

3 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    If you’re a guerrilla artist, you’re gonna want to get access to the most people possible, and if your message is political like Bansky, a place like Disneyland, which rich cultural connotations, is a perfect place for your art. Of course, you’ll have to deal with the potential consequences of your actions, but that doesn’t seem to phase Bansky.

    I think it’s a rather pointless display myself, but I don’t have any problems with his location compared to anywhere else he might have done it. I just think it might have had more impact elsewhere – Ground Zero perhaps?

  2. el s (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

    absolutely brilliant. you’ve got all the american values in place here. war, torture, infotainment, and unfettered corporate growth propped up by the almighty american military machine.

    either that or it’s about cupcakes.

  3. Terry Chen (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of Banksy. But then again, I’ve always admired Disneyland for creating a great atmosphere of fantasy. SO TORN!! Anyways, Banksy has a secret show this friday in LA.

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