STREET LIFE | CONTROVERSIAL NEW “RACIST” BANKSY BUFFED IN CLACTON, UK

October 2, 2014  |  Streets

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Sir Banksy has been a bit of a ghost ever since his monthlong residency in NYC last October, so it came as a shock to many that his latest public foray in the UK beachfront town of Clacton-on-Sea this week was buffed by the local vandal squad within hours of its appearance. The piece in question, depicting a crew of pigeons holding anti-immigration protest signs up to a green African Swallow, was allegedly perceived by local officials to be racist, when in fact, it was a sharp critique on the misgivings of the anti-immigration stance of local Clacton politician Douglas Carswell actively campaigning for re-election on his isolationist stance. Despite public outcry and extensive media coverage, town council public spokesman Nigel Brown defended Clacton’s actions, stating, “The site was inspected by staff who agreed that it could be seen as offensive, and it was removed this morning in line with our policy to remove this type of material within 48 hours.” He said the council would welcome “an appropriate Banksy original on any of our seafronts,” but that the mural in question was, “not the same thing, because even if we knew it was Banksy, if that could be seen by some people as being inappropriate, offensive or racist, we would still want to remove that.”

In a nice bit of irony, an unrelated piece created by Sir Banks the day before in the nearby town of Folkestone, Kent, depicted a woman admiring a buffed wall piece…

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THE “ART BUFF” IN FOLKESTONE, KENT:
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