Banksy’s Dismal Opinion On Advertising Industry Resurfaces On The Web

Images via Banksy

Street artist Banksy is famed for his satirical works of social commentary, and his elusiveness is one of the many reasons why his pieces are so coveted. Come July, a handful of his paintings will sell off at a Banksy-focused art show in Mayfair, London, at over £2 million (US$2.7 million) each.

The artist’s contentious worldviews are ever-refreshing, which is why one of his commentaries from 2004 has beeing gaining much attention on Reddit.

Griping about the intrusive nature of advertising, the anonymous artist wrote:

“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small… They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate.”

“They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.”

The text is an excerpt from Banksy’s book, Cut It Out, and echoes the sentiments of graphic designer Sean Tejaratchi, whom he credited in the book’s footnote.

Banksy also pointed out that, in spite of how some advertisers unapologetically hurt consumers, people are ironically “forbidden to touch them.”

“Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impurity… F*** that.”

You can read the full excerpt below. 14 years later, his remark unfortunately still holds some truth, though a number of brands have now stepped up to fight for the people and their natural selves.

Banksy on advertisement, and your right – if not obligation – to tamper with it from r/LateStageCapitalism

[via r/LateStageCapitalism, cover image via Banksy]


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