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Santa Dead - Official!
Santa Dead - Official!
I can understand the artist's point of view; Santa does indeed promote consumerism; does promote the buying of goods which must be better than the neighbours; does give the impression that happiness can only be found through bigger, better presents and, as such, results in poorer people gaining much, much less.
But did Santa kill Jesus? I don't think so. It is merely a change in times; Santa is on the up and up, Jesus has dropped slightly in the ratings. Things will change once again, though, the positions will be swapped, the ideals of one replace the other. Perhaps there will even be a third contender for the title of Most Popular At Christmas in the future: who knows.
GLASGOW, Scotland - A month after it ignited controversy, a billboard that questions the existence of Santa Claus went on display on a street corner Friday.
Artist Darren Cullen found an alternative site for the 20-foot-by-10-foot work after Maiden Outdoor, which owns the billboard, refused to show it four weeks ago following media attention.
Critics say the piece – which carries the slogans "Stop Lying To Your Children About Santa Claus" and "Santa Gives More To Rich Kids Than Poor Kids" – is an attempt to ruin the magic of Christmas.
Cullen insists it is his way of highlighting the dangers of consumerism.
"Maiden seemed to think that it was a contentious issue that they couldn't be associated with in public," Cullen, 22, said Friday. "Their job is to promote consumerism and Santa's a hero of their industry, so I can see why."
Cullen said Santa Claus is a lie which teaches children that products will make them happy.
"If you try and tell kids the truth about how they're being manipulated, you're the bad guy crushing their dreams," he said.
Cullen's portfolio also includes a drawing of Santa saying "I killed Jesus."
5/28/2005 5:46 am
Hmm Sound like some adults dont remember being kids|
5/28/2005 6:47 am
Yes public relations and consumer advertising is very sensitive to messages that children receive. Truth is that art and advertising often have the same desire ti make people think just at different levels.|
Tala, Wizard of The Kingdom of BooBoBia, DEITY,
5/28/2005 6:55 am
People will do and say anything for there 15 mins of fame,basterd|
LONG LIVE FATHER CHRISTMAS,THE TOOTH FAIRY AND ANY OTHER EXCUSE FOR GIVUNG AND RECIEVEING PLEASURE