Activism is viewed as a passionate statement, but a moral quandary occurs when actions taken in public that are intended to raise attention to a social or political issue transcend the line into vandalism and the destruction of other people’s property. One unintended consequence of those crimes being reported as news in the media is the rise of “copycat” activities that were motivated by the original acts.
On his own show, “Gutfield,” Fox News host Greg Gutfield is renowned for calling things as he sees them.
The clip of two Just Stop Oil campaigners throwing a can of tomato soup on Vincent Van Gogh’s well-known “Sunflowers” artwork at the National Gallery in London was recently shown during a segment featuring Gutfield as a guest on “The Five” on Monday. One of the protestors had pink hair. Fox also produces “The Five.”
The two activists evidently believed that by sticking one hand to the wall beneath the Van Gogh painting after they had thrown soup on it, they would attract attention to issues that they believed were more important than the desecration of a work of art that belonged to someone else.
“What is worth more, art or life? Is it worth more than food? Worth more than justice? Are you more concerned about the protection of a painting or the protection of our planet and people? The cost of living crisis is part of the cost of the oil crisis, fuel is unaffordable to millions of cold, hungry families. They can’t even afford to heat a tin of soup,” one of the activists said, according to reports.
Just Stop Oil has been protesting in the U.K.’s capital for the past two weeks, CNBC reported, adding that the group said in a press release its actions were “in response to the government’s inaction on both the cost of living crisis and the climate crisis.”
The two activists were detained, and museum representatives reported that although the frame of the artwork sustained some minor damage, the artwork itself was unharmed because it is protected by a glass layer.
In the video, Gutfeld is heard stating off-camera, “Let’s not show it.” Do not display it. Tarlov replied, “No, I don’t think we even have it,” but immediately after, the clip started to play, setting off Gutfeld, who claimed that the media’s amplification of the incident is the reason why such stunts keep happening.
Gutfeld called climate activists “idiots” for airing the video clip of them defacing a famous painting with a can of soup, and he expressed his disdain at his own network for playing the film.
‘”This is why it works,” Gutfeld answered. “This is why it works because we’re idiots because we play it. This is why these people are brilliant because you saw this originally at sporting events.”
Co-host Jeanine Pirro disagreed but Gutfeld was not to be stopped. “Once … yes, this is a brilliant play,” he added. “We’re not supposed to play this crap. We’re amplifying their stupid silly message. But I get it. It’s fun to watch,” he said.
He continued by outlining the “copycat” element.
“But it’s not hard to find out how they figured this out,” Gutfeld went on. “It all works with mass shootings as well. If you can just read the press, we’re suckers. We’ll just play the same thing, over and over and over again. Like when it was happening at sporting events. It happened once. Then it happened twice and then it kept happening. And then it stopped.”
Then he went on to say that twenty years ago, running barefoot across the playing field was a common occurrence at professional sporting events. But, he argued, the trend of streaking vanished as soon as networks ceased airing them.
Greg Gutfeld compares climate activists spilling milk on floors and streakers at sporting events to mass shootings.
"It’s not hard to find out how they figured this out. It all works with mass shootings as well. If you can just read the press, we're suckers!" pic.twitter.com/qxTXqKLCTJ
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) October 17, 2022
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“So, I thought that we weren’t going to play it, that’s really sucky,” Gutfeld added, going on to say that his solution for such incidents is the old adage “an eye for an eye for this crap.”… CONTINUE READING…