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If you thought Modern Art was a conspiracy...You're right! - 06-07-2014, 02:17 PM

Hard to believe that the CIA was partly behind the spread of Modern Art...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...n-1578808.html

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For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.


The connection is improbable. This was a period, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the great majority of Americans disliked or even despised modern art - President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: "If that's art, then I'm a Hottentot." As for the artists themselves, many were ex- communists barely acceptable in the America of the McCarthyite era, and certainly not the sort of people normally likely to receive US government backing.

Why did the CIA support them? Because in the propaganda war with the Soviet Union, this new artistic movement could be held up as proof of the creativity, the intellectual freedom, and the cultural power of the US. Russian art, strapped into the communist ideological straitjacket, could not compete.

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06-07-2014, 02:38 PM

That's bizarre, assuming it's true. (I'll read the link later.)

And high on the list of things that aren't what they seem, as if we needed more examples.

Speaking of more examples:

The next key step came in 1950, when the International Organisations Division (IOD) was set up under Tom Braden.

Tom Braden in later years was the original 'from the left' host of CNN's Crossfire show. I hadn't known he was a propagandist hand for the CIA, just chief of station in Greece.

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06-07-2014, 02:51 PM

This is a much better art conspiracy, one of South Park's funniest episodes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7PaxfmB5ys

South Park Recap: "Broadway Bro Down"

This week’s episode was masterful. The concept was simple — what if Broadway was secretly made by and for bros? The execution was streamlined and stayed focused on one objective that builds throughout. Finally, and despite a fairly racy premise, it ended up being one of the sweeter episodes of South Park, thanks in part to the melding of the A and B stories at the very last minute. And yes, it’s about musicals.

The men around town start talking about the fact that whenever they take their wives to musicals, they get blow jobs afterwards. Randy’s skeptical but tries it out with a touring production of Wicked, thinking that the show itself might be, well, “wicked” enough to get his wife in the mood. After realizing it’s a bunch of wizards and witches and sentimental schlock about popularity, he retreats to the lobby for a scotch and soda. A helpful bar companion informs him that his wife is actually getting the message subliminally since “there’s a blow job reference every 10 seconds. Broadway writers call it subtext.” So he goes back in and realizes that the wise man at the bar was indeed right, and, ultimately, Randy gets what he came for.

Some considerable fuss has been made (by this site, for example) over the episode in the past few weeks thanks to the fact that Robert Lopez, a co-creator of The Book of Mormon made a special trip to the writers room to assist. And you can tell some time has been spent on the execution. Taking advantage of his newfound knowledge, Randy and his wife depart for New York for the weekend. Set to a montage-ready song that goes “now I need a little man time, gonna see me a Broadway show,” we stop by Cats, Sister Act, Sunday in the Park With George, Godspell, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, South Pacific, and Jersey Boys, all of which have managed to integrate blow job verbiage into their songs. Intoxicated by his newly discovered power, Randy sets off to create a musical for his town, but is thwarted by Andrew Weber, Stephen Schwartz, Elton John, and Stephen Sondheim, who are all protective of the truth that Randy is so callously trying to leverage for his production of “Spluge Drenched Blow Job Queen.”

A lot of the humor here is rooted in the fact that the story starts out so small (an All The President’s Men conspiracy that’s little more than water cooler talk at first), but continues to gather legitimacy till it reaches the very top — the revered creators of all the most popular musicals. Not only are they in on it, they’re grade-A bros as well, complete with beers, group meetings at Hooters, and douchey football apparel (Sondheim sports a Steelers jersey and cap, Weber’s in a Patriot’s hoodie, Schwartz is in a slogan tee, and Sir Elton is in Red Wings garb). The Broadway musical, the most unmanly of pastimes is nothing more than a cover for a bunch of bros looking to get a little action with their dates.

So where does the sweetness sneak in amidst all of this talk of spluge and bro-downs? The subtle B story. While Randy and Sharon are off in New York, the kids stay with the proselytizing Vegans who wear life jackets (“Cancer, heart disease, and drowning, all are preventable with a vegan diet. And a life jacket.”). The little repressed kid Larry Vegan falls for Shelly, realizes that meat is delightful, and and they go on a date to see Wicked. Randy grows a conscience, tells his wife about “subtext” and runs off to save his daughter from the subliminal messages. Larry dies (“if only he’d been wearing a life jacket” laments the newscaster), but Shelly remains uncorrupted and Sharon concedes that the whole blow job/musical trade off is actually kind of reasonable.

For anyone who thought that “Broadway Bro Down” was going to be one big riff on The Book of Mormon and its successes, it’s actually more of advertisement. As the credits begin to roll some more subtext flashes on the screen: “Go see The Book of Mormon. You’ll get a blow job.”
  
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06-07-2014, 05:37 PM

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06-07-2014, 06:14 PM

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Subtle!



Thanks for sharing this hilarious review! Outstanding, and I'll be sure to watch it.
I thought this same thing!


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06-07-2014, 07:29 PM

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Subtle!



Thanks for sharing this hilarious review! Outstanding, and I'll be sure to watch it.
Actually, the story line following that clip (it's just one I found quickly) is about him not being subtle in his own play and about to be blowing (har, har) it for the rest of the producers on Broadway who are indeed subtle and don't want the women to find out what's really going on. They then come to South Park to confront him about it and they get into a bro down about it - http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/e6x3ls/bro-down

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