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No Disguise For Banksy

The legendary street graffiti artist Banksy recently appealed to the Oscar committee to be allowed to wear a disguise to the awards ceremony.

He's been nominated for best documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop, yet, they turned down his request!

The committee claims that it would urge people to copy-cat, and try and crash the ceremony.

If that's true, we feel like this is an easy fix with the whole checking of tickets or official ID badges or wristbands or some sort of solution that's been going on at concerts forever.

We think, however, that the committee isn't keen on this:

"The fun but disquieting scenario is that if the film wins and five guys in monkey masks come to the stage all saying, "I'm Banksy," who the hell do we give it [award] to?"

As you're all aware, much of Banksy's lore is that he's anonymous. That nobody truly knows who he is, despite people claiming they do.

Amusingly, Banksy had this to say about awards ceremonies:

"This is a big surprise. I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm prepared to make an exception for the ones I'm nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me."

So what's the big deal, Oscar committee?? Ben Stiller can come on stage dressed as a freaking Na'vi, but Banksy can't be disguised??

Makes no sense to us!

What do U think??

[Image via WENN.]

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17 comments to “No Disguise For Banksy??”



  1. 1

    Does this guy actually do anything original or is this all stoned out ideas while using someone elses art…sure looks that way.

    And what a sellout hack…it's all wank,, unless of course, I get nominated.
    Banksy=Douchey

    try something original sometime…you hack copier, like a 7th grader!



  2. 2

    Really?? Makes no sense? Maybe it's because he's a F@CKING criminal who defaces private property with his bullshit vandalism that morons like you call "art". Maybe it's because his ass would get arrested as soon as he showed himself, and rightfully so. This asshat is no artist. He's just another clown like the other scum that squirt paint up their asses, shit on a canvas and call it art.



  3. 3

    I think that means he's going to win then! Wouldn't be that big of a deal if he wasn't going to win.



  4. 4

    Banksy is one of the largest hypocrite I've heard of of late.

    I used to be a large fan but the more and more I hear of and from him, the less respect I have. Now I have none.

    This is going to be a terrible analogy but his quote above is like saying: "I hate and despise Walmart for everything they are and do, but if they gave me $50m I'll give 'em a hug while accepting it."

    If you are a fan, look a little farther into his latest work and quotes. Creating this movie. Working with major toy and clothing companies in development of his "guerilla" products. Selling his paintings at Sothebys for millions to the Joles and Pitts of the world. The quote that started me in this loss of artistic peer respect was something along the lines of this:

    RE:current artists of today
    "[I feel as if I opened the door for all these artists today, and they just left me there standing with the doorknob in my hand behind them.]" - Banksy

    He is everything he believes he stands against.



  5. 5

    I think they're really missing out if they don't let this one slide.. Could be EPIC.



  6. 6

    Wow just saw some of the other comments. You guys are a bunch of idiots.. back to the trailer park, plez!

    I keed.



  7. 7

    banksy really is awful. just a name for hipsters and poseurs to drop so they seem 'in touch' with whats going on in the art world. street art at its lowest common denominator



  8. 8

    "Ben Stiller can come on stage dressed as a freaking Na'vi, but Banksy can't be disguised?"/// WTF is this retarded ass donkey logic? How is someone (who was clearly Ben Stiller) coming on stage in make-up that was conceived and controlled by Oscar producers and writers the same as some unknown masked graffiti dude that the Oscar producers have no control over the same thing? And to suggest wristbands at the Oscars. Seriously? Ugh.



  9. 9

    This has only been a headline on msn.com for about three or four days, but thanks for the reminder…

    It's called "news" for a reason.



  10. 10

    Why do you continually give credit to a criminal? And Ben Stiller's costume was part of a skit, not a way to hide from authorities for destroying property dumbass.



  11. 11

    Did anyone commenting here even see Exit Through the Gift Shop? Easily one of the most interesting films of 2010, makes one contemplate what art is in a funny and intelligent way.



  12. 12

    Re: LovelyCup – I was thinking the exact same thing.



  13. 13

    Love Banksy's art and loved the movie. This would be the best, most interesting thing to happen to the Oscars in years, which generally suck!



  14. 14

    "I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm prepared to make an exception for the ones I'm nominated for". Oh, how….generous of him.
    No awards for vandals.



  15. 15

    the only reason at this point why Bansky bother's to maintain such a "secret" identity is because it raises the value of his work substantially to have such a mystique surounding it. Few if any of the tagged properties of bansky's work would press any kind of vandalism charge on him at this point in his career, especially not when he has in many cases just endowed them with several tens of thousands of dolllars worth of art.
    I do not for one second believe that the Oscars will corner Bansky into revealing his identity, not when to do so will drop the value, the mystique of his work down so substantially. Hell they wouldn't make the blueman group, the Gorillaz, the cirque du soliel come "undressed", why would they press the issue here. This is purely publicity, and poor publicity at that.



  16. 16

    Maybe if all you people would actually watch Exit Through the Gift Shop, you would see that he's not "Douchey" at all. He's a smart person and his work is amazing. It's not graffiti when he has a purpose, which for MOST of his work, he does, and it's usually political. You would know that if you watch the documentary. So instead of bashing on him, watch it and realize who he is and why he does it.



  17. 17

    Nope, makes no sense at all. Theyre able to have half naked people on stage and do their stupid "stunts" but for an artist to remain true to his art form its a "no no" ? How does that make sense?