Wednesday, December 03, 2008

There's naughty or nice, and then there's just being a jerk

Do you remember the artist asshole who set up the Gingerbread Nazi display a couple of years ago? Well, he's back, and he's just as much of a dick as ever:
Once again, he’s pushing the envelope.

In his latest display called “Tanenbaum” — a misspelling of “tannenbaum,” the German word for Christmas tree — Santa has no legs after a boozed-up accident involving some power lines.

If that’s not bad enough, a crazed tree is seen pushing Santa’s wheelchair down a flight of stairs.

[Keith] McGuckin said he expects to touch a few nerves.

“I think a lot of people will be upset about a legless Santa,” he said.
Yeah, like, maybe, you know, children. They might not appreciate that sort of thing. But who cares? None of them write columns in the local paper's Arts and Leisure section.
Although you don’t see St. Nick’s sad end, McGuckin’s narrative that accompanies the display tells the rest of the story.

When authorities examine the heap of twisted chrome and crimson, they rule Santa’s death an accident.

The tree goes off to a strip club to live it up on money taken from Santa’s Salvation Army kettle.

Sheila Ross of Oberlin was among library patrons Tuesday who didn’t appreciate the humor.

“To me, it’s terrible,” Ross said. “I wouldn’t bring my grandson to see this — it’s sick.”

“I’m sorry, ma’am,” McGuckin said. “It’s a cartoon.”

That might be true, but it's also your latest attempt at being "edgy." And, seeing as how you're an "artist," I'm sure you've exhibited some great courage in "pushing boundaries" and making people "ask questions" about the way they look at celebrating Christmas. But let me ask you a question...

Got anything planned for Ramadan?

I thought not.

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