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Attempting to destroy famous paintings because fossil fuels

  • 23-10-2022 11:56pm
    Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 4,996 Mod ✭✭✭✭Raichu

    Last week it was tomato soup thrown at Van Gogh's Sunflowers this week mashed potato at Claude Monet’s Les Meules..

    But why tho? I found this tweet of theirs absolutely laughable “If it takes a painting - with #MashedPotatoes or #TomatoSoup thrown at it - to make society remember that the fossil fuel course is killing us all: Then we’ll give you #MashedPotatoes on a painting!”, but all you’ve done is made me think you’re stupid.

    But the other thing that’s more confusing to me, they’re not really destroying anything anyway. They didn’t get soup on Sunflowers or Le Meules, at worst they’ve damaged the frames, but the painting is behind glass.

    Is this just some mad attention seeking or are they that dumb, they reckon effectively pointless attempts to vandalise very old paintings, somehow raises awareness of climate change and the effects of fossil fuels?

    I think all they did was remind us some folks are just plain old stupid. Also they glue their hands to the wall? Jaysus.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,379 ✭✭✭✭osarusan


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭xxxxxxl

    Err I though all paintings were behind glass and filled with some none reactive gas ?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,939 ✭✭✭Quantum Erasure

    they should put their money where their mouth is, and do something like this...

  • Registered Users Posts: 563 ✭✭✭gary550

    just incase you ever wondered about the majority of these peoples Intellectual prowess

    Working hard so my future wife can turn our house grey, buy a crushed velvet sofa and put live, laugh, love stickers on every wall

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,623 ✭✭✭StupidLikeAFox

    They did it for publicity and got a lot of publicity.

    If your first reaction is "jeez, who is sitting at home and hears about this and suddenly changes their mind about climate change" then you don't understand a lot about publicity

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭xxxxxxl

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭xxxxxxl

    it will give the old 19-35 year-olds with no life or anything a platform. I see them as a lost generation now infantilised.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,502 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    And the currency or platform of that lot or many of them is ?! A T T E N T I O N… they just love it…🙄🫣🤪

  • Registered Users Posts: 449 ✭✭Ramasun

    Never mind paintings how about the destruction of Bamyan or Palmyra?

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 35,008 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha

    Can't say that I get it.

    Does anyone think that oil or oil companies are good? Most people outside the alt-right online echo chamber would agree that climate change is happening and we need to reshape our economy to adapt to it. It's here now.

    I get a smell of narcissism off these people. Young, white, well spoken middle class girls probably hoping to go viral on social media or something. They could have gone to protest the offices of the Murdoch press, the Houses of Parliament or the offices of BP but they instead tried to destroy a painting.


    We sat again for an hour and a half discussing maps and figures and always getting back to that most damnable creation of the perverted ingenuity of man - the County of Tyrone.

    H. H. Asquith

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,723 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    Most people outside of the alt-right and do agree that climate change is happening and we need to reshape our economy, but it's not happening. Absolutely nothing is happening.

    I don't know why people give out about them being young or what colour they are, an 80 year old woman was arrested protesting with Just Stop Oil the other day too though.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 46,896 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    weird use of the phrase 'attempting to destroy' when - yet again - the painting is protected by glass, and the protestors specifically do this to glass protected paintings.

    more power to them. the pearl clutching is funny.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,723 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    well pretty much every climate scientist agrees we're in deep trouble. Climate change is one thing but the constant requirement for economies to grow and for us to consume more and more can only lead to an unlivable planet eventually. People don't think about it of course that's probably why some groups are trying to bring more attention to the issue. is an echo chamber of men who don't believe in climate change, so it's not a good litmus test in here.

    I don't know what class has to do with anything, you're hardly going to get people struggling to feed their families worrying about these kind of intangible problems are you? Again, most social movements came about because of more well off people.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,723 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

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