@deepomega I second that. And if they said "India, like anywhere else I suppose, is about what you bring to it" like Judi Dench does in the movie, I would convince the ghost of Edward Said to karate chop them a couple more times for good measure.
It's kind of funny to me that Joe Strummer was so pumped to go to Bar 13.
@Murgatroid Only in his dogged efforts to use junk science to prove that blacks are genetically inferior. I'm sure he's very nice to his darker-skinned peers at dinner parties.
@Non-Anonymous I think a better comparison would be between graffiti artists and street performers - they're doing something that not everyone is going to like, and they're doing it in a public space (the difference being that street performers can get permits). Writing something on a wall that someone might object to is not comparable to stealing someone's laptop. I don't view looking at something I don't want to see as an imposition, at least not any more than being forced to constantly look at advertisements.
@kimberussell I wasn't trying to be charming. I was trying to make a point that graffiti is art and people should not be sent to prison for art.
@Non-Anonymous I say we find someone who just got out of a lengthy prison term for the heinous crime of public art, have Binne make his self-centered, whiny argument to this person, and then leave it up to the person in question whether or not punching @Binne in the face is "kinda excessive." Then again, that person has probably been so scarred by the rape factory he just left, and is so afraid of returning to such a horrific place, that he will leave @Binne's smug visage sadly unpunched.
@Binne I am middle-class and (relatively) comfortable, but that wasn't the point I was trying to make. The point I was trying to make is that you are a reactionary stiff who thinks that people who obscure "essential signage" with written words of their own deserve to go to prison for long periods of time, and that is why someone should punch you in the face.
@Binne You think it's good that people writing on trains were sent to prison for longer than rapists? I wish you had actually had the balls to go up to a graffiti artist on the train and say, "Your orcish scrawls are hindering my comfortable middle-class existence!" Maybe that way you would have gotten the beatdown you deserve.
@kimberussell You gather correctly, because graffiti is a multifaceted international art form appreciated by millions of people, almost none of whom have had the very specific experience you are describing. That's like saying "I gather anyone who is an apologist for rap as 'music' has never had to watch their crying grandmother attempt to block out the noise of a loud house party."