Sunday, October 30, 2016
Did you know that NSW has an official âgraffiti removal dayâ?
Well it does. And itâs today.
Did you know that NSW has an official "Premier removal day"?
Well, it does. And it's the next election.
I couldnât help but point out that, come next state election, Iâd be voting for Christopher Moriarty. Just saying.
I also feel I should add, for the edification of the Premiere and for anyone else: the painting is definitely [street] art rather than graffiti. The difference is the care taken with the artwork, the fact that it's making a statement, offering social commentary that speaks of the milieu (temporal, political, social) in which it was created, rather than merely the ego of the artist. But, you know, removing it, âdisappearingâ the artist etc also speaks volumes.
By now, lots of people are passing judgement (thanks Katie and Simeon for pointing this out) and of course Ã¼berblog Junkee has written it up, the site going on to note some of the cleverer comments such as âwill you replace it with a mural of apartments?â
The most important points to be made at this point are these: the brilliant artist is Scott Marsh; and if the Premier could have just handled the political commentary, spectacular and larger than life though it is, he would have likewise been âembiggenedâ by it.
Unfortunately, this supposedly âhumorousâ, light-hearted approach to creative political commentary has backfired â as the contributions under the picture on the Premierâs Facebook page attest.
One of my several buddies whoâs a comic, bemoans the collective reaction to the Premierâs post.
âMike Baird takes playful, ironic dig at himself on social media. Irony zooms miles overhead of the usual suspects and Facebook goes into meltdown,â he says. âBloody hell Sydney, you deserve everything you get.â
Look, Iâd like to agree, or feel guilty that Iâve over-reacted, or go easy on that good bloke the Premier (after all, Iâve seen him dressed as a civilian, chowing down on the best restaurant-bought pizza youâll ever have, at Mimmoâs Pizzeria in Brookvale). And maybe I could. The day after NSW Graffiti Removal Day, if it turns out the muralâs still up then we clearly over-reacted at playful ironic self reflective Premier with a sense of humour. If, however, it's gone the way of live music venues, century-old houses and trees, affordable public transport etc, then I stand by my disdain and that of every detractor.
Only, it seems the mural was painted over; âmonths ago,â according to one Facebook commentator, âreportedlyâ¦ one hour after Mr Baird finished the Facebook post,â according to an ABC report.
So as far as interacting humorously with the media, the Premier, that supreme wag, isnât quite as much of a cool dude as, say, former PM Sir John Gorton, who in 1975 told journos trying to doorstop him that he couldnât stop to talk, he had to âget home to watch Countdown!â
Not very Gorton at all, our Casino Mike. In fact, if he were to be compared to a former PM, some may go as far as to consider his manner less swimmingly, and his behaviour, more âbottom-of-the-harbourâ, than Harold Holt.