Another vandal arrested at Goodman Gallery

2012-05-22 14:40

Johannesburg - A man has been arrested after trying to spray paint the word "respect" on an outside wall of the Goodman Gallery, eNews reported on Tuesday.

This came after two men were arrested for defacing the controversial painting depicting President Jacob Zuma.

The one suspect painted a red cross across Zuma's face and genitals while a younger man spread black paint across the artwork.

The SAPS confirmed the two men were arrested for malicious damage to property and they would appear at the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The exhibition has been closed indefinitely. The gallery is unsure if the painting can be saved.

*eNews reported earlier the suspect was trying to spray paint the word "racist".

  • RSole - 2012-05-22 14:43

    Time for the Cockroaches to come out of the wood work.

      tinush - 2012-05-22 14:49

      *fetches popcorn* This is getting interesting...

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:51

      F it, I'm off to draw Andre Visagie's genitals

      Jo - 2012-05-22 14:54

      I wish they put so much time and effort to fight crime etc.

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-05-22 14:56

      LOL this is like reality TV!

      Murph - 2012-05-22 14:57

      I'm sorry Pythagoras but that painting does not refer to Zuma at all. The person in the portrait with his penis in a crutch is actually Brigadier Oupa Gqozo from Bisho who Ayanda tends to depict as a dog with a human face. Just so you know..."

      Antipoaching - 2012-05-22 14:59

      Pythagoras its a guy called Ayanda Mabulu and it wasn't Zuma, it was Oupa Gqozo and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. I do think the race of the artist is playing a role... its quite amazing that silence greeted Mabulu's work and now cries od "Treason" abound

      Msika - 2012-05-22 15:01

      Why not burn the entire "Badman Gallery" down?

      Peter - 2012-05-22 15:02

      @Peter - no one would care...

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 15:04

      Here's your Molotov cocktail Murray,

      jowza1 - 2012-05-22 15:20

      the guy in the white shirt needs some underarm spray real quick

      Gershwin - 2012-05-22 15:31

      @peter dont touch me on my genitals

      Mehluli - 2012-05-22 16:16

      He has rights,let him paint what ever he likes.

      Martin - 2012-05-22 16:53

      im surprised he was not shot in the back after being cuffed. this is funnier than the etoll scandal

  • Vusi - 2012-05-22 14:44

    LMAO bwaaaaahaaaaaha this gets more funny, I dont think is is the end of it kwaaaakwaaaa. They deserve what's coming to is the lady justice raped? LMAO

      Gichumz - 2012-05-22 14:54

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:55

      lady justice gets rapped day in and day out by the ANC, that would be nothing new

      zaatheist - 2012-05-22 15:05

      Actually the morons who defaced it did the painting, its owner and the artist a great service. The painting will now become internationally recognised as an icon for intolerance and censorship. Could be as iconic as the Che Guevara image. Zuma becomes even more notorious as a serial philander, adulterer, AIDS idiot and as one that a court found to be corrupt and incapable on managing his own finances. let alone run a country. The defaced painting will now be worth 10 times the buyer paid for it. The artist and the gallery get more and more international recognition. Stupid people.

      Martin - 2012-05-22 16:54

      jacob and gwede raped lady justice years back dont you remember?

  • Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 14:45

    Just another prick on the wall.

      Rudi - 2012-05-22 14:58


      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-22 14:59

      They must burn the whole building down.

      Koos - 2012-05-22 15:06


      Steven - 2012-05-22 15:13

      Yes Poloy, lets burn it down, f*ck, why stop with the gallery? Lets burn everything down. Stupid people make my brain very sad!

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-22 15:21

      Why not start burning down the tollgates. Then we all can unite!

      Fanie - 2012-05-22 15:53

      ...we dont want no education.. ...we like the thought control.. lights in the dark class room.. .. hey teecha...our minds alone... ..leave our minds alone.. all in all Just another prick on the wall

      Marius - 2012-05-22 16:09

      Yes Polo, burning things down is also a "culture thing" isnt it?

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 18:13

      Exactly Fanie.

  • Dave - 2012-05-22 14:45

    Are we in a state of anarchy here?

      Freddie - 2012-05-22 14:50

      Apparentley so.

      Carol - 2012-05-22 14:55

      Yes, for some time now ... let's say the last 16 years !!!!

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-05-22 14:57

      i think so. but hey at least this is funny.

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 14:57

      Yes, where have you been?

      Dave - 2012-05-22 15:14

      Nigel, ever heard of rhetorical?

      CliveK - 2012-05-22 16:39

      Certainly are Dave, since the Zuma mob took over.

      Martin - 2012-05-22 16:56

      bwahaha yes dave, anarchy by definition, carol got the time line just right:) isnt it exciting? waaaaaaaaaaaahooooooooooooooooooo

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-05-22 14:46

    Typical, if you don't like something, deface and destroy it...

      Felix - 2012-05-22 15:20

      Msika, and a lot of schools and hospitals unfortunately. Seems ending apartheid is SA's only claim to fame.

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-22 15:24

      If the country had waited for the ANC to end apartheid we would still be having it. The whites negotiated the downfall.

      Press - 2012-05-22 15:26

      Those who begin by burning books (and art) will end by burning people. ...

      Johannvw13 - 2012-05-22 15:57

      Msika, what the hell do you know about apartheid boy ? Go and put on your red nike shirt,drink your black label and drive around in your black BMW. You should really do something about your privacy settings on Facebook by the way... - 2012-05-22 16:38

      Well burning and destroying is part of the "Culture"

      CliveK - 2012-05-22 16:41

      No Felix, we most definitely now have another claim to fame!!!!!!

  • Murechen - 2012-05-22 14:46

    This is just embarrassing

  • VWhitepaw - 2012-05-22 14:46

    When you cry racism, like is the case with the painting. And no clear evidence exist for this. It basically proofs the person crying out is a racist.

  • Martin - 2012-05-22 14:47

    I sincerely request that someone (who's not a complete idiot) explain to me how this is racist. This is not rhetoric, I genuinely don't understand and would like to know.

      RSole - 2012-05-22 14:51

      @martin. You and me both. Must be missing something.

      Thando - 2012-05-22 14:56

      People see this as "looking down" on Zuma and ultimately black people. The artist was white and he did a humiliating painting of Zuma. Many blacks who don't support Zuma are still offended by it. Don't get me wrong , I'm not against this type of thing ( although I think this painting was in poor taste ) but the average man in the street hasn't reacted well to this. The reason is quite simple - Africa isn't ready for a liberal media. It is unthinkable to many to humiliate Zuma like this even if you don't support him. He is seen as an elder and an attack on him is an attack on the people

      Phelokazi - 2012-05-22 15:00

      Well let me tell you how it is racist. In an African culture it is shameful and degrading for an old person private parts to be exposed. It is taboo. The minute i saw that i was like these people will never change they way they view US BLACK PEOPLE. This is racist my brothers and sisters.

      Felix - 2012-05-22 15:25

      Thando, good explanation. I still think it is time for SA to get rid of it's tribal mentality and live as a whole country. But of course our leaders are withholding education to stop this.

      Manu - 2012-05-22 15:31

      Martin, maybe this explanation will help. Suppose Bret Murray lived in Saudi Arabia and not Africa. Do you think that Bret would have made a painting of Kind Abdullah with his manhood exposed? It's unthinkable. It would be objectionable on personal grounds, religious grounds and cultural grounds. He would know that he would lose his head by doing so. We would know this because we are sensitive to the cultures and religions of Saudis. Now move over to SA and we have Bret who can paint a vulgar picture of JZ, an elder an a leader, without even thinking of whether it offends the sensibilities of Africans. Can you explain what motivates a white person to paint that obscenity knowing full well the standing of the subject, his place in African society and the dominating African culture? Is it ignorance? I don't think so because we have all see pictures of JZ in traditional dress and are aware of the cultural overtones. Bret must have known this. Let's face it the artist was motivated by a desire to offend. He maligned JZ's polygamy on the basis of his Eurocentric culture. So the insult flowed through JZ to all Africans. This is a racist outlook of Africa.

      Iceberg - 2012-05-22 15:38

      Phelokazi, so the black artist who painted elderly black people i.e. Desmond Tutu and what seems like Zuma, with their genetals exposed - does he also look down on Black people? I'm really interested in your answer.

      NrGx - 2012-05-22 15:42

      @Thando - An answer I can appreciate as well as respect. However, is one (black and white) to respect an elder, or is one (black and white) to respect the constitution regardless of age? I also feel the painting was in bad taste and I actually dont like it all, but, it it the artists constitutional right to express his opinion freely and fairly. For example, when there was a furor about the "kill the boer", many hid behind the constitution and freedom of speech, why isnt the same courtesy extended here?

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 15:44 what about Ayanda Mabulu's painting which CLEARLY portrays Desmond Tutu...gibbly bits and all?

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 15:46

      @Manu...where did Brett Murray say anything of JZ's polygamy? That has only come up in comments on this forum, however to take that as Brett's interpretation, would be to put words in his mouth.

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 15:47

      Manu - I hear what you're saying, but should he still be free from ridicule just because he's an elder? Surely even Elders must earn the respect of the people - not get it by default? If Helen Zille had 5 husbands and 20 kids and ran around humping men all the time and some black artist did a painting of her looking like a whore it would also raise the same amount of controversy because of the vulgarity, but most people would acknowledge the message behind the art. Think of it this way - the painting is a form of protest, but instead of destroying something it's creating something.

      Manu - 2012-05-22 15:58

      So gemma, what was the point of showing JZ's manhood? If you are suggesting that polygamy wasn't the motivation then it makes the motivation of the artist even more dubious.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-22 15:58

      @Phelokazi: but its ok for those guys who murdered Terre'blanche to leave him out in the open with his penis out, so that everyone can see? Granted the whole country didn't actually see his parts, but then neither was Zuma's shown, AS IT WAS A PAINTING, and the artist didn't make an actual replica of Zuma's tiny cock... Total hypocrites

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-22 16:00

      You cannot want to live in a modern society, while still hanging on to tribal culture/traditions. That's like going forwards and backwards at the same time....

      Manu - 2012-05-22 16:17

      Hugh, ridicule comes in many forms. Satire, mockery, fables and roasting are just some examples. But even ridicule has its limits. The question then is what defines the boundary of ridicule? What forms are acceptable? We ridicule power to show that it is not infallible. Take for example the tale of the Emperor's new clothes. The ridicule is a carrier a moral. We resort of ridicule because it uplifts people's spirits in the of oppression. What is the point of ridicule when it is so vulgar that people cannot connect with it's message? What is the point of ridicule when it demeans not just power but people at large? JZ's polygamy is mocked with a p**nis and the receipients who are Africans are supposed to appreciate and laugh at this veiled attack on their culture. Haaa

      bruce.wilson.313 - 2012-05-22 16:20

      Martin, basically the people replying to you are saying if you make a statement, or have an opinion that isnt in agreement with african culture, it is racist. if you use the same logic, then their opinions are just as racist for considering those who disagree racist. as for being in Saudi, they are not a democracy, starting to look like we arent either.

      Manu - 2012-05-22 16:23

      wesley, go to Saudi Arabia, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore (just to name a few) and see how people live in a modern world while retaining their cultural roots. It's only people like you and westernised thinking that makes you believe that old culture is incompatible with modernity. Quite an arrogant and ill-informed attitude. - 2012-05-22 16:47

      Everybody here shouts Culture, If Zuma lived in the time of Tsjaka he would have been killed long ago, culture then did not permit sleeping around and the punishment was death

      CliveK - 2012-05-22 16:49

      In response to Manu: we are supposed to be a constitutinal democracy, whereas Saudi is an absolute monarchy, so please compare apples with apples. Jake may be an elder in terms of years, but he is no leader, as he has shown time and time again. The fact that history is more likely to remember him for this little fracas, rather than for anything he and his government has achieved - not much - will no doubt become apparent in the future. For the record, I find the painting pretty disgusting, but not because of the subject. It is in no way racist.

      Manu - 2012-05-22 18:51

      CliveK, very well lets dispense with Saudi Arabia and use another example. Tell me if such a painting will go down well in the following countries, Malaysia, Russia, Indonesia, India, Iran, Tunisia, Algeria, just to name a few. I suspect that even in the USA and the UK such a painting will not go down well. That said, democracy is about involving the public in governance. Free speech in a democracy is there to allow people to freely express their opinions about matters of state. It's not intend to allow people to insult and dehumanise each other without consecquence. In fact such a free speech negates the whole purpose of democracy because individuals are given the power to impune others not based on facts but opinions. Have you stopped for a moment to think what would happen if politicians started commissioning paintings depicting civilians and other politicians in compromising situations, under the guise of art? Take a moment and let that sink in

  • Bennie - 2012-05-22 14:47

    The Tribe is getting restless !!

  • Phoenix - 2012-05-22 14:48

    Racist???? Nothing as scary as stupid people in large numbers.

      Ted - 2012-05-22 14:59

      Scary? Continue insulting darker people and see how your paradise on earth can be a nightmare. The problem is that you people really believe you are not part of the problems you whine about. If you don't apply yourselves well, you will not be party to the solutions but the targets. Anyone of a lighter shade who left Zim for RSA is scared it will soon happen here. If people have nothing to lose, waving the constitution in their face means nothing. They may just wave a machete back at you. STOP provoking deeper pigmented people. Its not good for your health. You call blacks stupid, they respond in kind.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-22 15:23

      Stupidity in numbers is scary and dangerous. Sheep Syndrome kills.

      Felix - 2012-05-22 15:27

      Ted, if I call you stupid and you think it's because you're a darker shade and not just because you are stupid, then that my buddy, is your problem.

      NrGx - 2012-05-22 16:31

      Ted - You know what stupid is, responding to "words" with violence.

  • queenroxy666 - 2012-05-22 14:51

    maybe they are attempting to be "artist" or maybe they just looking at some quick fame, not regarding the consequences ... suffer for fame

  • shaficks - 2012-05-22 14:51

    But is it Art?

      bfvillet - 2012-05-22 15:09

      Judging by the debate it has caused i think it is good relevant thought provoking art

      Hugh_Influence - 2012-05-22 15:51

      Technically I think it sucks but as far as getting debate going and creating dialogue, stirring up the pot and whatall, yup I'd say it's art.

  • Murph - 2012-05-22 14:52

    Aaah, South Africa. The only country in the world where the penalty for a crime is a 'terminal' illness, Aids can be prevented by taking a shower and a painting of the Prez's penis causes more of an outcry than the raping of a child.

      RSole - 2012-05-22 14:55

      @Murph. Would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

      zandile.mbele3 - 2012-05-22 15:03

      U very sick u can play with rep a u stupid or what u a mi sliding people wena really is not funny

      Murph - 2012-05-22 15:08

      mohau.moloto.5, unfortunately they don't go to jail....

      Jessica - 2012-05-22 15:19

      The people of this country make me sick. You're a hundred percent right. Whole communities know about the continuous rape of a mentally ill girl and no-one does anything, but this all for a painting? To the people who are so upset by a piece of artwork just get over yourselves, please you are not that important and nor is your useless president.

  • amukelanicubic.dlomu - 2012-05-22 14:52

    boycott the gallery

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:56

      Lets boycott you from the internet!

      Felix - 2012-05-22 15:29

      Because you were such a regular before, Bwahaha.

      christiaan.h.jacobs - 2012-05-22 16:04

      Typically african, don't like it? Burn it! Tamaranui you fool!

  • Thoka - 2012-05-22 14:55

    go to Zim and desplay uncle Bob and see if you gonna make it to SA

      Peter - 2012-05-22 14:57

      Right... so whats your point? this is not Zimbabwe, hate to break it to you

      Rudi - 2012-05-22 14:59

      Do you want sa to be like that?

      queenroxy666 - 2012-05-22 15:03

      hahahaha Peter you really crack me up...

      Felix - 2012-05-22 15:31

      We already know Bob is a dictator who has opposition beaten openly and violates human rights every day. What is your point?

      Thoka - 2012-05-22 15:52

      lol. i mean if he was uncle Bob's land he would be singing every night for food and counting stars in jail.

  • Carla - 2012-05-22 14:55

    Why is the painting being labelled racist??? You can label it insulting or in bad taste, but racist??? If the artist had been black or coloured or indiian, would it still have been labelled as racist? I think not.

      Psalm - 2012-05-22 15:23

      @ Msika So, according to your logic (I use this term loosely): Brett Murray, a recognized anti-Apartheid artist (who was not deemed racist when he protested against White oppression) has miraculously turned into a racist because he (as a White man) has dared to paint a Black President in an unfavourable light? If you represent the average logic displayed by your average South African, then I fear most terribly for this country...

      Carla - 2012-05-22 15:26

      @Msika - you don't seem to understand... What would you have called the painting if it had been painted by a black man? Why did the painting by Ayanda, also depicting the President distastefully, not cause such an uproar and get labelled as racist? The said artist was not making a comment about black people in general, his comment is specifically aimed at the President. I do believe it was in bad taste, but I fail to see how it's racist. But if that's all you can see, then no amount of discussion is going to convince you otherwise.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 15:27

      @Msika - So by your own definition you've labeled yourself as a racist. Lol

      Felix - 2012-05-22 15:32

      Msika are you suggesting a return to apartheid?

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-22 15:38

      The point is that this man as President is being representd symbolically in this painting. Zuma just happens to be black.

      Press - 2012-05-22 15:47

      @Msika - any black anti-apartheid artist that drew pictures depicting HF Verwoerd in an unfavourable light a racist . . . . ?

      Pieter - 2012-05-22 15:49

      @Msika: How can it be racist? Who said it is Zuma? Did the painter say so? No!!! Did Zuma say he posed for the painting? No!!! Who said it is a black man? Did the painter say so? No!!! Can you see from the painting that it is a black man? No!!! Why not? Because the main color of the person is yellow, not black. The shadows are black but all people's shadows are black. Shadows do not come in white even for white people. So, why does it offend black people if it 1. cannot positively be identified as mr. Zuma? 2. cannot positively be identified as a black man? What if it is an Asian man? They are closer to yellow than a black man? So, my question remains...where does it say it is a black person and where does it say it is Zuma?

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 15:51

      @Msika, in other words people can't be intolerant of their own race...darn...

      gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-22 15:56

      @Moi, it has been repeatedly clarified that the painting Ayanda Mabulu did does not depict Jacob Zuma, DOES depict a rather NUDE Desmond Tutu on the lap of a white this a case of apples and oranges? I think not. It seems to me a case where people more readily support and defend a corrupt president, because he's an elder, but not a bishop...because he's...young?

  • Marcelle - 2012-05-22 14:55

    This is getting better & better, funnier & funnier, more & more & more ludicrous ...... ROTFLMFAO !!!!!!!

  • Andy - 2012-05-22 14:56

    Pythagoras, Ayanda Mabulu is a man and the painting depicted Oupa Gqozo who was the 'ruler' of Ciskei. get your facts right if you want your comments to be taken serious. He normally depicted him as a dog because of the atrocities he committed in the homeland of Ciskei.

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-22 14:59

      @andy is zuma in that painting? is he naked? whats your point?

      Marion - 2012-05-22 15:07

      @Andy - so that is why the guy is wearing a dogs head. Wondered about that. On that site when one moves the mouse over any of the paintings disgusting wording appears. Considering that it is called 'die beste Afrikaanse blog en website in die helal' that is not surprising. Time they find the Afrikaans words for blog and website.

      christian.denyschen - 2012-05-22 15:49

      @msika people who cry racism is often the racist, so by your argument only a black person can paint zuma naked wtf? That makes you the racist. Isn't the whole fuss about zuma's exposed genitals? I'll ask again is zuma in the painting, is he naked and was it done while zuma is president? Plus Brett is well with in his right to sue the anc for racial persecution!

  • Justice - 2012-05-22 14:59

    Does freedom of expression not extend to these vandals...? Surely they are protected by the same laws that allow the artist to vandalize the image of zuma...? Freedom of expression is important for sure... But 'work of art' is nothing but a publicity stunt for the artist and gallery... a cheap and nasty publicity stunt at that...

      Justice - 2012-05-22 15:05

      this work by this artist lacks integrity in my opinion... from concept to display there has only been one objective here and that is to garner as much publicity of the artist and gallery as possible... this work is not an artistic statement at all... it has no artistic merit or value...

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-22 15:07

      Does freedom of expression not extend to these vandals...? No because vandalism and malicious damage to property is a CRIME. If I spray paint the front of your house it's not freedom of speech it's a CRIME.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 15:28

      "this work is not an artistic statement at all... it has no artistic merit or value..." then why are you so fascinated with it?

      Justice - 2012-05-22 15:34

      michael... missing the point... peter... assumption is the mother of embarrassment...

      CliveK - 2012-05-22 16:56

      Freedom of expression does not extend to malicious damage to someone else's property.

  • Tony - 2012-05-22 14:59

    I'm more worried that we won't have any rhinos left in the country soon!

      Olive - 2012-05-22 15:11

      Me too - rhino's are far more important

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-05-22 14:59

    Breaking news in Mzantsi

  • Jill - 2012-05-22 15:00

    I think its time we let this "lengthy" story go limp and fade away, don't you?!

      Msika - 2012-05-22 15:36

      Yeah agree! Let's rather talk about the ET murder trial.

  • Carlo Gieljoumie - 2012-05-22 15:00

    It's amazing to hear the opinion of the white folk until they find out it was a white man who defaced the painting let's spear forward

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 15:01

    How's it go again, GIVE THIS PROFESSOR A BELLS..............

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-22 15:17

      Yeah and while you are at it strip him of his title.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 15:30

      @Tamaranui - "This is how we stop this nonsense by making an example." I have yet to see you throw paint on any corrupt officials head.

  • Draad - 2012-05-22 15:01

    Ooooooooooooooooooooooh whahahahahahahahaha

  • Timothy - 2012-05-22 15:02

    Awesome! maybe next they can make an effigy of brett and burn it! I would like to congratulate all of these militant street artists for coming our of the woodwork and showing us their best works - I didn't know South Africa was so artistically inclined.

  • Madoda - 2012-05-22 15:03

    The president is our President is other you like or not he will remain the President of these beloved country. I think now is the time to start to respect Mr Zuma we can't allow such humiliation and at the same time we called art or whatever is it. We are not interested on it what are going to the our about that painting without meaning.

      Imran - 2012-05-22 15:17

      Haibo Madoda,u need to speak proper English,this is News24 bra..

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-22 16:14

      WTF do you not understand about the concept of respect?? It is EARNED, and not a given just because he is the president. If it was a given, that would mean we should automatically respect Queen Elizabeth, Mugabe etc... just because they hold high positions, and not dare question their authority. THINK PEOPLE, THINK!!! It isn't THAT difficult.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-22 16:15

      Lol @Imran: 98% of Madoda's comment made no sense at all, i just caught the part about respect.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-22 15:03

    Come on guys, Stop now!! I have run out of bells !!

  • Msika - 2012-05-22 15:04

    @Gichumz, get out ot of here Troll!!

  • Gavin - 2012-05-22 15:06

    I sense a mini series coming...

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-22 15:10

      This should be turned into a movie....

  • ralph.klopper - 2012-05-22 15:07

    How to you spell racist starting with res...?

      Byron - 2012-05-22 19:23

      My question is how did they know the vandal was about to complete the word 'respect' ..?

  • Jason - 2012-05-22 15:08

    Firstly you cant spray paint a wall and then they say there is no assault the minute he pushed a police officer he assaulted him. Listen to all the tree huggers in the background going dont arrest him guys blah blah blah! We all complain when the cops do nothing then we complain when they try and do there job!!! Well done SAPS for not allowing the crowd to intimidate you and sticking to your guns!

  • Chris - 2012-05-22 15:09

    Why is it that every-time the ANC doesn't like what is being said, the first word that springs to mind is that the utterer is RACIST? Is it Racist to portray a serial philanderer naked? What I do not understand is how you make the leap from exposed genitals in a painting which may (or may not) depict the object of the painting as an alleged rapist, as a serial philanderer, as a practicer of unsafe sexual practices at the epicentre of the HIV pandemic or just as someone who takes his spurious title of father of the nation seriously (given the number of children he has sired). In any one of these instances I cannot see the connection to racism. Perhaps it is because the artist is of a different race to the subject, but then again how does that explain the term racism? Or perhaps the racism slur is simply there as a smokescreen to deflect public attention from the questionable actions of the ANC as depicted by the exhibition the painting is shown at? It is so easy to cry racism rather than running a country properly, so the ANC and the President have once again taken the easy way out...go figure!

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-22 15:09

    Thanks for the video, haven't laughed so hard in a long time....

  • Jessica - 2012-05-22 15:10

    Typical behaviour, if you don't like something destroy it, burn it or throw rocks at it. Disgusting. Art and civilised humanity have no place here.

      Jessica - 2012-05-22 15:39

      Nah tarangatanguweeui think I'll stick around. It's just so much fun to see how desperate you are to get rid of me:) now why don't you get off the school computer, and give the other kids a chance to do their homework?

      Jessica - 2012-05-22 15:52

      Just like you do with everything: hospitals, trains, schools, universities, each other. That's something to be proud of *sarcasm*. And are you really comparing the magnitude of apartheid to a painting? And diminishing the struggle to two hooligans with a bucket of paint? That's sad. I thought it was more monumental than that

      Peter - 2012-05-22 16:01

      @Tamaranui - um you just openly admitted SA is not for civilized people, so therefor by association you admit you are not a civilized human... well glad we cleared that up

  • yusrah.cook - 2012-05-22 15:12

    just bcoz its zuma every1 is making a woooohaaaa, pls, get ova urselves, what has zuma done for u lately besides use ur tax to pay for his grand weddings and cars, to pay for all his kids to get educations and whateva else they selfishly want, bt wot bout the ordinary man that goes out to earn his bread and butter, i dont see him making life easier for me? all he has done for me is inflated everything in this country to the extent that making ends meet is not possible. wot bout the unemployed? use the money u using for ur court case zuma and give those ppl electricity, use that money to make sure families dont go sleep hungry and use it to provide homes for the homeless

      Msika - 2012-05-22 15:44

      yusrah.cook, you are missing the point here, this is not solely about Zuma. I for instance do not support Zuma and his cronies, but this is disrespecting to black poeple. We don't find it funny that an elderly person can be depicted in a manner that his genitals can be exposed in a pupblic gallery like that. It tells us that this artist doesn't have respect for black elders. Can't you get that in your head!!

      yusrah.cook - 2012-05-22 16:36

      well the elderley has nothing to do with me, i strongly agree with the artist point of view, that what the painting depicts is how i see zuma, i dont care that he is the president, i dont even refer to him as that, in my eyes his a minute being with to much power.and his culture has nothing to do with me, paint my grandfather naked my family wudnt have a problem with it

  • queenroxy666 - 2012-05-22 15:12

    lmao, it looks more like he wanted to write "recist"... and by him saying "you are racist,you are racist" reminds me of Trevor Noah's take on Julius Malema..

  • Munro - 2012-05-22 15:12

    How can u spraypaint black paint on a white wall , now thats Racist !!!

  • Lawrence Hans - 2012-05-22 15:14

    Brett should've painted a Virgina on that painting, the red would've going pefect with it then! I am as black as the night, so you going to call me racist too! you f..ckers are all f..cking racist, you just to F...cking blind to see it

  • Chris - 2012-05-22 15:15

    That poor guy... He was spraying RESTAURANT on the wall and was going to open a little kota and fatkoek shop. Shame...

  • Heinz - 2012-05-22 15:17

    Recist? And misjudged the space on the wall. Pathetic.

      Dave - 2012-05-22 15:20

      Cant even get vandalism right

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-22 15:20

    If one of them is a "professor" it would explain the sad state of education in SA.

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  • Jessica - 2012-05-22 15:31

    Lol the funniest part is that now because of all the fuss they've made this painting FAMOUS! Its gonna go viral, and be all over the world in no time, and I'll help spread it just to because I can. Its a free country, and if the gallery's right to freedom of expression has been violated, mine hasn't and I'll use it.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 16:03

      The biggest joke is that it already is and the ANC is already being painted as an antidemocratic and censorship party, the jokes on them kwakwakwakwakwaaaaa

      Jessica - 2012-05-22 16:13

      It is all over the internet. Google zuma's spear and there are hundreds of photos of the painting. Hilarious!

  • Herman - 2012-05-22 15:37

    Can'r believe people are making such a mountain out of a mole hill. Really people, GROW THE .... UP! Who cares about a simple painting! Zuma walks around in his Tribal Outfit all the time, and no-one ever moans about that....

  • Daniel - 2012-05-22 15:38

    Ok, so now this is all starting to look staged... wonder how long before charges are dropped and everyone shies away a little red faced and a little humbler... Performance art at its best

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-05-22 15:39

    Does everyone realise that there is a court case currently underway about this issue? We will have finality on this issue probably by Friday this week. How do we call ourselves civilised when people take the law into their own hands in this manner? I suppose the government has allowed this type of barbaric behaviour to fester in our country (Cosatu and taxi strikes for example) and therefore individuals feel entitled to behave with such scant disregard for law and order. We have set some dangerous precedents for future conflicts. Today it is just about a stupid painting. Tomorrow it may be an argument of substance and the outcome will be a catastrophe for us all.

  • renny.chetty - 2012-05-22 15:40

    good thing they stopped him... he was spelling racist wrong...

  • bdanney - 2012-05-22 15:41

    *watches man spray painting wall* Police officer: I am arresting you for damage to private property. Crim: I did not do anything. Me: Hhahahahahahahaha

  • jonathen.manuel - 2012-05-22 15:41

    ...........more comedy material for our main man Trever Noah!!! lmao!!!..this is what it is....just a damn comedy show!!!