Filmmaker Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films has this to say in a column published on Huffington Post about MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch’s bad decision to whitewash the Blu mural without consulting the community:
Hiding behind “sensitivity” for veterans, MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch’s order to destroy artist Blu’s work on the wall of the Geffen Contemporary Building conveyed a deep ignorance about the veterans community in the United States, which includes a great many people who strongly oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He goes on the shoot down Deitch’s explanation:
Creating art conveys a message. Destroying it also sends a message.
At some point we’re going to have to show our veterans some true respect rather than assuming they’re thin-skinned war-mongers who would be offended by opposition to war.
I also find it really disturbing that so many street art fanboys and artists have been mum about this topic or simply think it’s something we should overlook and forget.
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