Archive for the ‘shock value’ Category

Chernobyl Accident – April 28, 1986

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

My calendar reminds me that 25 years ago today, the radiation leak at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was first reported. The leak occurred a few days prior, but the first confirmed report was on the 28th. So there you have it.

That kid seems to read a lot of books.

I’m Okay, You’re Okay: Pervert Edition

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Keyser just came across another one of those “Hey, there ain’t no such thing as deviant” stories.

Eroticism is in the eye of the beholder. In Japan, some women turn to electrically charged squid for sexual satisfaction. In the American world of masochism, one man begged to be tied on a spit and roasted over sizzling coals. His counterpart, a latex-loving dominatrix, reached ecstasy merely watching his pain.

American Apparel–Selling Sex To Your Kids

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

If this ad didn’t have the words American Apparel across the white strip, it would be impossible to guess what the ad was actually about, or represented. It could be about anything. Is it an ad for condoms? Is it an ad for women who have extraordinary long left feet? Is it an ad for Julie’s All You Can Eat Buffet? Alas, it is an ad for American Apparel. Of course, I should have known that, the girl in the picture is wearing leg warmers.

Some say these type of ads are great because it loosens North American attitudes towards sexuality. I, on the other hand, think these ads are creepy and are nothing more than pseudo porn.


“Have a bite. The serpent says it’s okay.”

Monday, October 20th, 2008

TV Stars: They Lack PhD’s for a Reason

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Keyser’s band of loyal readers know he doesn’t do the Perez Hilton thing, and never posts stupid pictures of celebrities for no reason except to abuse them for the amusement of losers who should count themselves lucky to have a fraction of the looks or money of the abused stars (well, almost never). But Keyser came across these pictures of Heroes “star” Hayden Panetierre (or something) trying to use one of those debit gadgets at some store, and felt obliged to post them:

The Irrelevance of Modern Art and Aliza Shvarts

Monday, April 21st, 2008

The world of art has long been so irrelevant that it regularly resorts to shock theater. Sadly, legitimate and talented artists toil in obscurity while juvenile hacks are elevated to national attention.

A famous example of such faux-art is “Piss Christ” by Catholic and photographer Andres Serrano. Serrano, who was the recipient of a grant by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (also known as “the American taxpayer”), depicted a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of his urine. As planned, the “Piss Christ” image stirred much controversy.

Piss Christ

Serrano’s work confirmed one of the most reliable rules in the art world: if you lack talent and are desperate for immediate publicity, insult Catholicism.

Another artist utilizing shock sans substance is Karen Finley. The “performance artist” has “smeared herself with chocolate, painted with her own breast milk, [and] put Winnie the Pooh in S&M gear…”

(Which must have thrilled the suits at Disney.)

Karen Finley

In contrast to Serrano’s success at the public trough, Finley’s application for the National Endowment for the Arts was rejected. As is common among liberals who feel entitled to government funds, Finley threw a hissy fit and sued the government. Due to the free speech/1st Amendment ramifications involved, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, in 1998. By a razor-thin margin, Finley lost 8-1. Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, in a concurring opinion, interpreted the relevant law plainly by declaring that “decency and respect are to be taken into account in evaluating applications.”

Little surprise that Finley sued considering that liberals accept no objective standard for decency (except that there is no objective standard).

Which brings us to the latest court jester in the art world: Aliza Shvarts. A Yale art student, Ms. Shvarts, whose last name could only have led to years of therapy, has stirred controversy with her most recent work.

A Yale University student’s senior art project, which she said documented her bleeding during repeated self-induced abortions, sparked a protest on campus, an outcry on the Internet and debates over morality, medicine, art and academia.

And — it was all faked. Senior Aliza Shvarts told Yale officials Thursday that she didn’t get pregnant and didn’t have abortions. [...]

Shvarts told classmates that she had herself artificially inseminated as often as possible for much of this past year, then took legal, herbal abortifacient drugs and filmed herself in her bathtub cramping and bleeding from the miscarriages. She said her work will include video, a sculpture incorporating her blood mixed with Vaseline wrapped in plastic, and a spoken piece describing what she had done.

[She] told the Yale Daily News that she wanted to provoke debate about the relationship between art and the human body but that the intention of the piece was not to scandalize anyone.

Indeed, who could possibly be scandalized by filming do-it-yourself abortions?


Aliza Shvarts

“Provoking debate” is the convenient shibboleth of those who are caught committing acts of gross idiocy. Apparently as long as society is forced to jabber about something, the underlying controversy, filming your faked abortions and expecting people to believe that it’s art, is somehow justified.

Shvarts’s art (“Shv_art”?) has created an outcry (and rightly so), but the project shouldn’t surprise anyone. Faked or not, Shvarts’s hideous brain child is the logical and natural result of decades of policies and laws which debase abortion to a common surgery with little or no moral ramification. In such an environment, a faked abortion is a mundane enough act to be worthy of filming and exposition. If you are offended, well, Shvarts merely intended to provoke debate.

As one of the premier and selective universities on the planet (charging around $45,000 USD a year), it would be reasonable to expect the art from any Yale student should reflect some maturity and talent. Apart from the her shameless dishonesty, Shvarts lacked taste, talent and judgment.

So she’d certainly fit in the art world.

~ Sisyphus, cross-posted at The Sisyphus Files.