Memo to self. If I work as an independent contractor at a market research consulting firm and we get contracts from the city’s mayor, then maybe I shouldn’t pretend to be his press secretary to the media. Why the memo? Because this happened.

According to a Yes Lab press release the woman, Mary Notari, was impersonating one of Bloomberg’s press secretaries at Sunday’s OWS drum circle near Mayor Bloomberg’s townhouse on the Upper East Side. We learn today that she was fired by phone on Monday afternoon because:

“They said my performance had put the company in an uncomfortable position … The mayor has said ‘No right is absolute’ — including, apparently, the right to poke fun at him for using violent force against his own people and for bending the law to do so.”

The story of the questionable Bloomberg press secretary was broken by The New York Post, but you can see the full performance in the YouTube video below:

Though I have to say this is a pretty funny line:

“The occupiers are treating the mayor like a medieval warlord,” she said. “You have put the mayor of New York under siege in his own home.”

Yes Lab seem to think that it was the medieval warlord comparison that got her sacked. And then there’s this post-performance doozy:

“Don’t get me wrong, I find drum circles just as annoying as the mayor does,” said Notari. “But the beating of drums is nothing compared to the beatings his police officers have delivered to peaceful protesters this past week.”

Touché. Though I’m going to open a can of worms with this one, but when does the performance piece end and life begin. I know, it’s deep. Honestly, why go to Performa 2011 to see performance art when the best stuff is taking place on the streets?

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

One reply on “OWS Performance Art Piece Lands Performer Jobless”

  1. Bravo, you think you’re a mind reader. You have now made her an OWS shill even though you’d think she would have said more. And frankly, none of what she said was that bad. And since your answer is anonymous it will be deleted. Leave an email and a name next time. Bye bye.

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