January 21, 2014

"Although the chair also comes in 'white woman,' we can't help but be filled with anger and frustration over the onslaught of negative imagery...."

For the annals of mitigating factors.

52 comments:

Joe said...

Cue the faux outrage.

Jack Wayne said...

I'm sorry to read that it struck a deeper cord. The only thing to do is get it out of my site.

MadisonMan said...

What Joe said.

But is it art?

garage mahal said...

And Obama tells me not to be cynical.

john taylor said...

All genocides are executed with the fig leaf of legality.
It is genocide because it results in White people intentionally being made a minority in historically White nations.

If one opposes the anti-White policy of mass immigration and force-assimilation, you could be fired, threatened, beaten up, or imprisoned! That's genocide as defined by section (c) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

traditionalguy said...

Can I get one in redhead? I like pink.

gadfly said...

So which came first, the white lady or the black lady? Nevermind . . . do not answer the double-entendre.

gadfly said...

@garage mahal said...
And Obama tells me not to be cynical


So garage will obey our fearless leader! Proof, of course, will come when his posts disappear from the Althouse comments.

Sorry about that - I didn't want to appear to be cynical.

madAsHell said...

You can't truly understand the repression of black womyn until you buy one of these chairs.

It's racist to think any other way.

Sorun said...

If you're neither white nor black, which chair is acceptable to own?

Seeing Red said...

What about the S&M crowd?

Anglelyne said...

Uh, wasn't the Milk Bar decorated with chairs like that? Except, white.

"'The erotic impulse transcends cerebral barriers and demands a direct emotional response. Confronted with an abstract statement people readily defer to an expert; but confronted with an erotic statement everyone is an expert. It seems to me a democratic idea that art should be accessible to everyone on some level, and eroticism in[sic?] one such level’."

Plagiarism! Or perhaps an attempt to make art more democratic aka "inclusive"? Eh, no, it's 2014, so even arty farty bullshit has gotta be all about the racism.

Eyelids getting so very heavy....

paul a'barge said...

Garage Magazine? Never heard of it.

I just subscribed though. Anything to help drive the outrage-addicts over the edge. Remind me again why we let these folks breed.

AustinRoth said...

Ooohhh! Look at us! We are scandalous.

Patrick said...

As much aI like to see members of the left host on their own petard, it bears repeating: Not every depiction of racism our even racial subservience is a favorable comment on racism.

William said...

Thanks Angelyne for a timely posting. I think if they were really going for the outrage they should have used a blonde woman holding a Ukranian flag......Back in Cold War days, progressives thought that Soviet Communists didn't harbor any racial prejudices, but that was largely because the Soviet Union didn't harbor any blacks. Other minorities didn't fare so well, but they were white and probably deserved it.

Pogo is Dead said...

¿Quién es más víctima?

La mujer o el negro?



EDH said...

...the Russian editor-in-chief of Garage magazine, which shows the editrix perched atop a chair designed to look like a half-naked black woman.

"Well, or...or is the black woman on the editrix? Is what Kierkegaard would say."

jr565 said...

Was the anger over the imagery because it was a woman or a black woman?

Big Mike said...

I thought we were supposed to respect cultures different from our own. Russians do what Russians do. It is not correct to criticize people for doing what is absolutely normal in their cultural context.

Something like that.

Freeman Hunt said...

I assume the point of the chair art is to make visible the oppression that is invisible.

n.n said...

We need to stop talking about "race". It's exploitation for profit has delayed integration of people from different tribes.

lemondog said...

Wimpy white woman supported by strong black woman?

Humperdink said...

If it's gas operated, I am not interested - no matter the color.

Anonymous said...

Political art. Making for bad politics and bad art.

Sam L. said...

Q: Is there one in Asian? Indian?

The Stupid is strong in this one.

Illuninati said...

What difference does it make? At least in this case, no one died or was hurt.

dbp said...

I don't think one can understand the travails of a black woman until one has sat a while in her seat. Especially if she is the seat.

dbp said...

From an art standpoint, I think the cushion really detracts from the aesthetic balance of the piece.

Tim said...

Although it is hard to believe, there IS one more thing to not give a shit about.

Tim said...

Although it is hard to believe, there IS one more thing to not give a shit about.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Wear it as a hat. Then eveything's хорошо.

Fen said...

"Cue the faux outrage."

Displaced outrage. Certain viewers find it offensive because they're in denial - they already view blacks as subhuman, which is why they are always compensating with "white guilt". So their reaction to the piece says more about their own (hidden) bigotry than that of the designer.

I saw the comments over there claiming "no, its portrayal of human as object is what offends us". I don't believe that. I think that if the initial story had used a white woman as a chair, these same people would have been all "oooh edgy! subversive!"

Michael K said...

It's hilarious on a number of counts. These people are idiots.

chickenlittle said...

Freeman Hunt said...
I assume the point of the chair art is to make visible the oppression that is invisible.

The chair also cushions potential confusion with surrealistic frottage.

Fen said...

"I assume the point of the chair art is to make visible the oppression that is invisible."

See? Freeman gets it. Because she's not predisposed to get hung up on race (or gender).

Fen said...

Whereas liberals aren't sure what to be outraged about until they get their talking points.

David said...

Be-Zar!

Ann Althouse said...

@freeman

The point of the original art isn't the same as the effect of a specific editor sitting on it.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

The editor is stunningly beautiful, especially juxtaposed with an object so uncomfortable to view.

Freeman Hunt said...

@althouse

Maybe the editor was owning up to her white privilege.

The chair art only works with someone in it. A specific person sitting in it is declaring that he sees that he is, indeed, guilty.

YoungHegelian said...

The chair pictured in the Buro 24/7 website interview is an artwork created by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard

Now that I took the time to actually watch the video, there's a side to this that all the ladies in fashion are missing. Look at the photo of the black chick --- bare, large, compressed breasts, hair frizzed out big on the floor, leather short shorts with a strap around her.

Hello?! A guy put this "chair" together! This isn't about race. It's bondage & discipline.

Marty Keller said...

Wouldn't it have worked better with Maria Conchita Alonzo as the model?

Fen said...

That follows. If we make a black man the villian of a movie, the Left freaks. So I guess black women are not allowed to be submissives either. Maybe it reminds Democrats of their KKK days?

Smilin' Jack said...

"Although the chair also comes in 'white woman,' we can't help but be filled with anger and frustration over the onslaught of negative imagery...."

I share the anger and frustration. This is outrageously racist. How can they exclude yellow women, when everyone knows they make the most comfortable and submissive chairs?

tim maguire said...

While I don't see how anyone could deny that the optics are awful, it is amusing to see a Russian sitting on a chair designed by a Norweigen being criticized for offending American sensibilities.

Ann Althouse said...

@freeman That's why I said "effect" and not "intent."

To pose as a recognizable individual as a way to say, perhaps, "all white people enjoy white privilege that they are frequently not conscious of" tends not to work. An unnamed and unknown model might work better.

Reminds me of Jimmy Carter making the perfectly ordinary "we're all sinners" observation by saying I have looked at women with lust in my heart.

Laura said...

I refuse, refuse to buy one until they are available in peach and pink woman. White women come in shades too.

Actually, after holding that position for a while, perhaps it should be available in purple or blue woman.

Laura said...

And as far as oppression goes, indentured servitude and slavery had a curious coexistence.

jr565 said...
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jr565 said...

Althouse wrote:
"The point of the original art isn't the same as the effect of a specific editor sitting on it."

why not? And the effect, for who?
It seems to be a completely subjective thing, both for the person sitting on the chair and the people witnessing the person sitting on the chair. And the people commenting on the people commenting on the person sitting on the chair.

Larry J said...

The photo is a good illustration of how white women benefit most from affirmative action programs.