Written by PETA
When graffiti king Banksy's "coyote" took on Colonel Sanders, we interpreted the work to be pro-chicken. But there's no question that artist Wayne Coyne, lead singer for The Flaming Lips, is speaking out against cruelty to birds with his new work. He assured fans that the blood used in the creation of a new poster was his own, stating, "We thought it would be silly to use some chicken blood or something like that. They don't need to sacrifice their vital fluids any more than I need to, so I thought, 'Well, let's just do it. We'll be the experiment.'"
The Flaming Lips have previously signed PETA's petition calling on KFC to eliminate some of the worst abuses endured by birds killed for its buckets. We like it when people speak up for chickens. Do you?
Written by Karin Bennett
The work of British guerrilla artist Banksy can't be ignored. Indeed, Time just selected him as one of the year's most influential people.
Now the painting provocateur has cheekily twitted one of PETA's frequent targets: Colonel Sanders, the very face of Kentucky Fried Cruelty.
Sure, art is subjective, but in light of Banksy's earlier works, which seem to side with the animals in circuses and question why we call some animals "pets" and others "food," I'm inclined to believe that he's standing with the chickens who are raised in crowded, filthy conditions to supply KFC's restaurants—and who are sometimes even scalded to death. Or maybe he's just as appalled as we are by KFC's new Double Down.
Either way, I don't know much about art, but I know what I like—and I suspect that KFC doesn't like Banksy's work at all. And that's reason enough to cheer.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Bristol-based graffiti artist Banksy's latest exhibit, "Banksy v Bristol Museum," is a guerilla-style installation at Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery and features several … well … creative replacements for many of the museum's artifacts.
It's great to see Banksy continue to explore the theme of human/animal interactions, which he also hit upon in his "Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill" exhibit in New York's Greenwich Village last fall and which I was fortunate to have the opportunity to check out in person. If you live in the U.K. or are planning to visit soon, you should definitely check out what Banksy calls his "vision of the future."
Written by Amanda Schinke
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