Friday, 14 February 2014

Russia: It's The Arts!

Good afternoon. Today on It's The Arts we are talking to Ollie Piers Ding-A-Ling, an exciting young new artist who made this rather striking and powerful image of President Putin and... I think it's best if Ollie explains the symbolism here. Who is the other man?

"I don't know. I don't know much about politics, to be honest."
Well, it really is jolly good all the same. But what exactly are you trying to say here?
"Russia is like so bad right now, yah? And they look like two men kissing! Hur hur hur!"
And this challenges homophobia in what way?
"I put a rainbow flag behind them."
How imaginative.
Now some say the so-called Sochi Boo! movement is just some silly apolitical middle-class children trying to look like they care about something.
Maybe it's just a feel-good faux protest, like shopping at The Body Shop?
"I did it on PhotoShop."
"It's for my Duke of Edinburgh Award."
Good for you. 
"Putin looks gay!"
Okay, thanks for coming along, Ollie Piers Ding-A-Ling, this surely is our Guernica.

'Do you think the image is problematic? Some feel the image uses trans expression to shame and mock Putin, thereby degrading the trans experience....' See the debate at

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