Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Comedy Gag Of The Month Award: #DildoFlagMan

Artist Paul Coombs came out as the man behind the 'ISIS Dildo Flag' on Sunday June 28th.

Well done to any media who claimed reporting this was somehow an 'EXCLUSIVE!'

Paul writes about the whole unintended media hoo-ha and the original thinking behind his project on Guardian online.

I spent the morning of London’s Pride parade hand-stitching dildos onto a flag.

I’d been using the sex-toy motif in my work before I made a flag of Isis out of them and brought it to the march. Previously, I’ve attached dildos onto postcards from each country where homosexuality is still illegal to point out that the laws of these places regards its gay residents as mere sex objects.

The decision to make the flag was a simple one: a sense of outrage at Isis’s brutal advance across North Africa, Libya, Syria and Iraq. Medieval ideologies and barbarism were being spread and recorded through that most modern of expressions, social media, with that flag ever-present. It has become a potent symbol of brutality, fear and sexual oppression. If I wanted to try and stimulate a dialogue about the ridiculousness of this ideology, the flag was key...

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