Just nine days after climate doom fanatics threw tomato soup onto Vincent Van Gogh’s famed Sunflowers painting in the National Gallery in London, the apocalyptically named Last Generation group has struck in a similar way, hurling mashed potatoes at Claude Monet’s Haystacks, which recently sold for $110 million, in the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, before they glued their hands to the wall and settled in for a long day of climate hectoring, mythology, propaganda, and sloganeering. It’s an annoying and stupid form of protest, but get used to it: there is going to be a lot more of it, and worse.
Wir machen diesen #Monet zur Bühne und die Öffentlichkeit zum Publikum.
Wenn es ein Gemälde braucht – mit #Kartoffelbrei beworfen – , damit die Gesellschaft sich wieder erinnert, dass der fossile Kurs uns alle umbringt:
Dann geben wir euch #Kartoffelbrei auf einem Gemälde! https://t.co/TN1dFKsi94
— Letzte Generation (@AufstandLastGen) October 23, 2022
According to the Guardian on Sunday, one of the climate clowns explained after throwing the starchy treat at the Monet: “People are starving, people are freezing, people are dying.” Smart move: people are starving, so let’s have a food fight in an art museum. But of course, the climate activists wouldn’t be engaging in stunts of this kind if they were rational thinkers who could critically evaluate what they were told and reject the climate propaganda that has been irresponsibly pounded into them since they were toddlers.
“We are in a climate catastrophe,” the Last Generation cult member continued, “and all you are afraid of is tomato soup or mashed potatoes on a painting. You know what I’m afraid of? I’m afraid because science tells us that we won’t be able to feed our families in 2050. Does it take mashed potatoes on a painting to make you listen? This painting is not going to be worth anything if we have to fight over food. When will you finally start to listen? When will you finally start to listen and stop business as usual?”
In order to get you to stop destroying the climate, you heretic, you miscreant, these dogmatic religious fanatics decided to make “this Monet the stage and the public the audience.” The true believer declared: “If it takes pelting a painting with mashed potato or tomato soup to remind society that the fossil course is killing us all, then we give you mashed potato on a painting.”
The painting wasn’t destroyed; like the Van Gogh, it was behind protective glass. However, that doesn’t actually guarantee that this kind of protest won’t damage a world-historical masterpiece. Dr. Jonathan Foley, who, as the executive director of Project Drawdown, “the world’s leading resource for climate solutions,” is very much on the protestors’ side, tweeted: “As someone who used to run a museum, this is concerning. It’s not guaranteed that glass will protect a priceless work of art from liquids. They weren’t designed for that. Also, this will drive up insurance and security costs for museums. A lot.”
Last Generation is unlikely to care if museums’ security costs go up. The problem is that as museums begin to institute more effective security measures, the protesters are likely to up the ante as well. When they see that juvenile stunts in museums aren’t bringing the world back from the brink of the climate apocalypse they’ve been skillfully led to believe is on the horizon, they’re not going to stand down or reexamine their false premises. Instead, they’ll move from perpetrating what look to be harmless pranks against artistic masterpieces to actually destroying them.
This is in large part because there has been no real downside to their protests so far. It isn’t even clear that the Monet vandals were arrested. According to ABC News, police told journalists that “they had responded to the incident, but further information about arrests or charges was not immediately available.” And museum director Ortrud Westheider demonstrated her acceptance of the climate nuts’ faulty premises: “While I understand the activists’ urgent concern in the face of the climate catastrophe, I am shocked by the means with which they are trying to lend weight to their demands.”
She’ll be more shocked when they take hammers to Michelangelo, but it’s coming. Fanatics always become more radical the longer they perceive that their demands are being ignored and that there are no serious consequences to their actions. But Last Generation, in the final analysis, is just a group of pawns. The entire climate hysteria is driven by the reckless propagation of pseudoscientific fantasies and fallacies by groups far larger and more powerful than the fanatics who threw mashed potatoes on the Monet. And what is striking about those forces is their cynicism: they clearly don’t believe their own propaganda, as the big beachfront houses owned by Barack Obama and Old Joe Biden attest. Will the world’s artistic patrimony survive this madness relatively unscathed? We can hope.
Spurwing Plover says
I wonder if these idiots know their wasting food over their stupid little tantrums this behavior is Criminal wasting food ruining worst of art all over a totally fake crisis of Global Warming/Climate Change and frankly they should be made to pay for it
David Ray says
When these infantile pricks glue their hands to the wall, someone should walk up and pour a vile of hydrochloric acid down their groin.
Their skin left torn on the wall would equate the pain down below. (These drama-queen trash should be beaten unconscious and dumped in a landfill.)
Yeah, we might not be able to feed our families in 2050, alright. And if so it will be because of people like these who are, with some success, trying to cripple farming and make us eat bugs.
David Salvini says
Notice how they will never go after any so-called modern art masterpieces. No one would probably even notice if such trash were defaced.
It actually might be an improvement
Algorithmic Analyst says
There is a Mondrian that was hanging upside down for 75 years and noone noticed 🙂
I could see though, fine art critic that I am, that it does look better hanging right side up 🙂
Leave them there for a week, glued, with water and a bowl of cricket protein. Close the doors, and turn off the lights.
“While I understand the activists’ urgent concern in the face of the climate catastrophe…..”
The fact that this museum director actually believes there is a “climate catastrophe” is a much more catastrophic problem. As the old saying goes, “tell a lie long enough and it will become the truth.”
What has prompted this big lie? One word “GREED”. Just look to Al Gore, Solyndra, and every millionaire/billionaire executive of all the failed Green Energy Projects. Dollar bills are the real green energy, and that lie is killing the earth not fossil fuels and CO2.
The food shortages are a direct result of Green polices on the environment, on fuel, and on fertilizer.
Nicolas Carras says
Now it’s a contemporary work of art.
These toddler-brain twits don’t realize the irony… Lamenting about not being able to feed families, but wasting edible food by using it to deface art. Idiots.
Nicolas Carras says
And throwing mashed potatoes and tomato soup is much funnier during dinner.
David Elstrom says
The idiot class true believers are branding themselves too stupid to actually think and enunciate a case to believe their caterwauling, “The End is Near!” Long ago ignorant navel gazers in black robes decided this sort of vandalism, blocking streets, and setting booby traps (like climate zealots driving nails into trees knowing loggers will be injured) was all part of “free expression” (right there in the white space next to “freedom of speech.” Now if we could only select judges that properly understood that zealot “rights” end where they maliciously interfere with the rights of all the rest of us—peacefully using public roads, the safety/security of our own homes (even if we are public officials), etc.
Nicolas Carras says
Their end is near, this movement of sectarian fanatics, useful idiots of globalized planning, is doomed to disappear. But planners will find something else to tell us how to live and not live.
These climate change desperadoes cannot think with the slightest modicum of intelligence.
How can they change something that is so vast that man did not create in the first place, something that has been in existence since the beginning of time and has constantly changed for better or worse for populations since then?
Imo “Climate change” is a political movement founded by prideful and arrogant people who think they are gods and are exploiting the minds of insecure people, all for their own financial gain. Even Greta admitted that her actions were quite excessive at the time she was screaming “how dare you” at us!
We have not been good stewards of caring for the earth that has the capacity to feed people, nor used the resources wisely that were put there for our benefit.
People who are out to destroy our precious heritages left to us by talented people should be locked up. It is they who are more responsible for damaging what is valuable and not the climate.
Nicolas Carras says
“How can they change something…?”
You don’t know the power of mashed potatoes and tomato soup!
Algorithmic Analyst says
Yeah, it is a sin to waste good mashed potatoes and tomato soup.
Angel Jacob says
They can stop breathing to save some oxygen. It’ll benefit everybody.
Mo de Profit says
“ science tells us that we won’t be able to feed our families in 2050”
Science told me in the 70’s that we we all die of hunger by 2000.
Science told me in the 70’s we were doomed by a new ice age.
Science told me that we were going to boil in a global warming cycle.
Science told me that the oceans were going to flood Norfolk UK by 2000.
Science told me that convid vaccines would work and are safe.
Spurwing Plover says
these are the same kind of pricks who ride their bikes down t he middle of the street and give you rude gestures until you want to beat their Brains out with their stupid Bike Helmets
john in cheshire says
They call themselves the last generation?
Well, for our sake I can only hope they are correct on this, at least.
Tex the Mockingbird says
Hollywood idiot and PETA Hollywood Supporter James Cromwell who stared in those two stupid Babe movies glued himself on the front counter in a Star Bucks demanding they use Vegggie based milk(Almond, Coconut, Etc)since he like all Liberal Hollywood Pinheads likes to take part in stupid liberal camapaigns