Blurred out painting by NFT artist, and similar abstract painting by Asuka.

I’ve sat on this story for a month because it is so unpleasant for me to discuss. However, I have to analyze this, and defend myself, because if I don’t, it may come back to haunt me. But first I must confess something. I compared someone’s abstract painting to an abstract painting made by a chimp named Asuka, 50 of whose paintings have been exhibited in Tokyo. What induced me to do this was the uncanny resemblance between the style of the two particular paintings. I already knew the painting by Asuka, because I’d posted it on my blog before. So, to make this amusing comparison, I searched for it, and in response to the artist’s Tweet of his painting, I uploaded the picture of Asuka and her painting. I wrote, “Kinda’ reminds me of this painting” and in order to make it clear I wasn’t being mean, “in a good way”.

I would have been better off had I wrote something genuinely hostile and insulting, such as, “Your shit looks like chicken scratch. Don’t quit your day job.” See if you can tease out why comparing an artwork to chicken scratch would be better than comparing it to a chimp that exhibited 50 paintings, and “in a good way”.

[Note that the reason I blurred out the artist’s work is to minimize chances that should he learn of this post, he will try to persecute me again.]

I continued going through my Twitter feed, and didn’t think much of it, other than that I’d made a funny comparison. However, I must admit that I hadn’t given enough thought to how an artist might take such a comparison personally. People have been juxtaposing abstract art by humans with abstract art by monkeys for decades, and it’s a bit of a sensitive issue.

Above: a newspaper article challenging readers to guess which painting is by Abstract Expressionist, Joan Mitchell, and which is by “Pockets Warhol”, a Capuchin monkey. This is, by the way, a very similar sort of comparison.

If you want, take a minute yourself and see if you can tell which is by the human and which by the monkey. The answer will be forthcoming. But first, have a look at Pockets in the act of painting.

And here is the answer to the quiz:

The painting on the left is by Pockets.

So, these comparisons have been going on for a long time, and it can be taken to mean something like, “a monkey can paint as well as you”. If that was my express intent, I would have added that the monkey in question was “three years old”. I mean, if you are going to go hard, you might as well shoot with both barrels. Just in case someone might take it that way, that’s why I’d added, “in a good way”.

Am I a hater of abstract art? Of course not. I love it.

One of my most popular posts is Sensational Non-Representational Art, in which I feature 10 non-representational artists I discovered from around the world on DeviantArt. And, for the record, the monkey paintings are non-representational rather than abstract, if we want to get technical. Abstraction is a process of distortion from reality, and applies more to styles like Cubism. Non-representational art makes no reference to imagery. I’ve made nonrepresentational art myself, and continue to do so on occasion.

Below, a spray painting I made in the early 80’s, when my favorite artist was Willem de Kooning.

And here’s one from 2016

“From Anonymous to Hieronymus” , by Eric Wayne, 5/2016. Digital Drawing 34X53 in. at 300 dpi.

I’ve written an article about Jackson Pollock: How art history got Jackson Pollock all wrong, and why it matters. My take is that he is appreciated less for his paintings themselves than for the notion that he was the first person to do action paintings, and on the floor.

Custom featured image from my article.

But just to clear up if I think non-representational art is no better than a monkey can do, here’s a quote from my article of 2015:

“Many of us admire the paintings of Jackson Pollock for their richly complex, textured surfaces that emphasize movement, and the painted surface of the canvas. Because there is no subject matter or composition, the paint itself and the application of the paint are fore-fronted as the subject, serving to make an existential statement that “this is what it is”: it is a painting of paint, and it is a painting of painting. There is no doubt that these paintings were intended to be looked at, and looked at some more.”

So, the thing the artist misinterpreted is that I wasn’t saying a monkey could make his art, but pointing out the coincidental and conspicuous superficial similarities between the two paintings. My intent was to be amusing, not to put down the artist. But it is my fault that I hadn’t considered that the artist doesn’t know my relationship to non-representational art, or that it could EASILY be seen as me putting down his art.

And these aren’t the days where artists could openly criticize other artist’s work and get away with it. Francis Bacon famously said that Jackson Pollock’s paintings looked like “old lace”, and Dali called Piet Mondrian “Niet Piet”. Nobody had a heart attack. But this isn’t anything like that.

Even if I am a big fan of Abstract Expressionism, and have no issue with non-representational art as a fully legitimate and infinitely promising approach, there is the question of the artist’s particular contribution. And there my general policy is to never criticize an artist’s work unless they are multi-millionaires, set for life, and extremely overrated, in which case they have nothing to lose. I have slipped up and obliquely questioned the technique of artists who cynically game the system, or try to palm off extremely low-effort work (ex., applying one Photoshop filter], but those errors on my part are very rare. I actually have personal protocols I’ve typed up for interacting on Twitter, and they include never criticizing anyone’s work…

In any case, that was not the real issue, or rather not what the artist would take issue with.

He fired back almost immediately, calling me a “racist”, “alt-right” and “ignorant”. I didn’t think to screenshot the Tweets, because I didn’t know I needed to worry about it. I just thought the guy was overreacting, and getting nasty about it. I might be tempted to say here that he “went ape-shit ballistic”, but you will soon see why that would be a nail in my own coffin. While my tweet was arguably aggressive (though not really] his response was obviously and incontestably so. He also taunted me that he was “winning” with sales, and I was losing. I responded that accusing me of being a “racist” and “alt-right” was slander.

Let’s get out of the way whether or not I am an “alt-right/racist”. In 2016 I wrote an article here: The Sad Racist Specter of Richard Spencer. Since I am being publicly accused of being in league with this movement, my real stance on it is entirely relevant. Indulge me in reading the opening paragraphs of my article:

In a speech to an alt-right conference, Spencer let loose vitriol that substantiated everyone’s worst fears about Trump, his supporters, and the alt-right. The viral videos of his speech focus on the goons in the audience with arms raised in Nazi salutes while Spencer ended his speech: “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail Victory!”

There’s the obvious correlation between “Hail Trump” and “Heil Hitler”. It doesn’t get much more blatant than that. If one bothered to watch the whole speech – out of an intellectual duty to remain as objective as possible – it’s evident “our people” are not Americans, but merely white Americans, in which case the victory in question is a conquest over other races. Thus, while the audience members who tragically think a Nazi salute empowers them are the worst of the alt-right, their stupid gesture is justified by Spencer’s rhetoric.

me, 2016

I went on to analyze his stance in detail, and why it is so reprehensible.

My custom featured image for my article.

But now, someone has publicly tried to brand me as in league with alt-right/racists.

You may be wondering what the hell racism has to do with it. Well, I hadn’t paid attention to who the artist was when I tweeted the pic of Asuka with her masterpiece. I follow hundreds of people, and they retweet material from thousands more. I tend to look for works of art, and interact with them. Not as big on reading tweets. But It wouldn’t of mattered if I had noticed who made the tweet, because I didn’t remember the guy’s name. As it turns out, he’s someone I’d briefly wrangled with a month or so earlier, though I had immediately pulled out of the discussion to avoid a fight.

He had responded to a mutual Twitter friend’s Tweet asking a question “What is painting?”. His response was “all painting is Eurocentrism”. This struck me as overly simplistic, heavy handed, and dangerously political. I argued something to the effect that visual language was universal, Europeans had no monopoly on it, and it went back to the first cave paintings. He was having none of that, and got aggressive, at which point I wisely left the conversation.

I’m guessing that he doesn’t consider his art to be “painting” but perhaps, uh, “mark making”, which is, I gather, a more wholesome and authentic tradition than vile painting?

The problem, incidentally, with his notion that all painting is Eurocentric, is that it demonizes all the old masters as necessarily promulgating a pernicious belief system, while handily eliminating anything else their art might be about. Would we similarly argue that all Japanese woodblock paintings were celebrating Japanese imperialism? We would not, and it isn’t the case. In fact, both Japanese artists and European artists influenced each other, one of the most notable examples being Van Gogh’s copies of Japanese woodcuts, and the influence their flattening of the picture plane had on his art.

Left “Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake” by Hiroshige 1857. Right, “Van Gogh, Bridge in the rain, after Hiroshige 1887”

How could his art be Eurocentric while idolizing, imitating, and incorporating the art of the Japanese? I’m sure someone with enough determination to reach that outcome can cobble something together to support it, but I predict it will be tedious and highly debatable.

This is the same as arguing that Galileo’s arguments for heliocentrism necessarily supported the Catholic Church, which expressly condemned him for them.

The only way to do that is to fix European artist’s bodies to a dominant belief, in which case one is arguing that Europeans, and ONLY Europeans, are incapable of acting independently of the uglier trends of their society, and this is implicitly because of the inherent deleterious traits of their particular biology. Such a view is not only a horrible condemnation of Europeans and their assumed innately offensive characteristics, but more to the point, of artists in general. Artists have always been among the most critical of the more vicious and repressive movements in their respective cultures.

This using an idea in order to force reality to fit a particular unfavorable view is why I called the artist an ideologue. Well, just the most wide-sweeping example.

I gather that NOT agreeing that “all painting is Eurocentrism” makes me “alt-right”. I’m sure some of you are familiar with the conundrum where if people of a certain race, and ONLY that race, do not accept that they are part and parcel of, and culpable for, the most heinous historical crimes of individuals who share their superficial physical traits, and if they don’t accept that their race is the scourge of the Earth, than that is evidence that they think they are better than everyone else, in which case they should justifiably be purged as evil scum.

Let’s return again to my article slamming Richard Spencer:

I thought the children of the sun were brown-skinned, but, this idea that there’s something in the blood of whites, even as a metaphor, that separates us from other “races” and makes us greater, is as ass-backwards as you can get. It would be awful and fallacious to assert that white culture was inherently great. The achievements of Western culture were largely due to people who happen to have been white,  but not because they were white. The moon landing, for example, is an achievement of the accumulation of scientific knowledge and enterprise (not all of which is attributable to the West or whites) – of human ingenuity – and not of light epidermises. But Spencer mentions “blood”, in which case we aren’t even talking about culture, but DNA.

This is the epitome of racism: the belief that one race is inherently, biologically superior to all others.

Need I mention that my wife is Asian, and I’ve lived and worked in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand for the last 16 years, in which case I am hardly a good foot soldier for “blood and soil”? Also can speak basic Chinese, Khmer, and Thai.

The aggrieved artist mentioned in his tweets specifically that I was the person who ignorantly thought painting was universal, and while he thought I had targeted him out of a grudge, I honestly had no idea who he was when I shared the Asuka pic, or I would never have done so, as I’d already avoided the guy like the plague previously rather than engaging him.

A day or so later I got a notification from Twitter that I was banned for violating their terms of service, and the specific category was “hate”. I put together that the issue was the idea of a “chimp” and associating it with a person of color, because of the tweets which the notification displayed in a pop-up that had been reported. I didn’t see a photo of Asuka! It would be more accurate to argue that I was at all racist in assuming when I posted the pic that the artist in question was white. I had no idea that he was Latin American, from Uruguay. Our mutual friend explained this to me after the fact. And a quick search showed a small picture of him, and from what I could tell he didn’t appear black, but rather a light-skinned Latino. But I have no idea his genetic makeup and can’t say anything for sure.

And so my comparing the art of an artist to the art of a chimp was turned into me saying that a person of color [and I’m guessing he didn’t clarify that he’s NOT black] IS a chimp. That’s quite a sleight of hand. But it’s a bit more detailed than that, and deliberate misrepresentation was at hand.

I know through our mutual Twitter friend who contacted this artist about my being banned that he was indeed the person responsible for reporting my tweets, and that he said he felt “threatened”. This is telling, because when you report an offensive tweet, you have some choices.


I don’t know if he selected that I was threatening violence or physical harm and they concluded it was hate, or whether he reported it as hate, and just defensively spouted that he felt threatened. Either one is a very serious accusation, the first being ridiculous and hypocritical, and the second malevolent.

The idea here is that I hate artists of color, and threaten them with violence, in this instance because the artist in the protected group makes non-representational paintings.

I did write an article in 2017 about Mark Bradford, in which I stated:

I only discovered Mark Bradford in the last month or so, and what a discovery it was. His lush, elaborately textured, apparently non-representational but highly evocative paintings are sumptuous, a banquet for the eyes and mind. His paintings are suggestive of landscapes as seen from an airplane, maps, old chipped and eroded walls which have been painted over many times, and torn billboards showing the remnants of previously torn billboards underneath… They are, for people who have an eye for non-representational beauty, among the most gorgeous abstract paintings that have been made [note that technically speaking, they are power-sanded conglomerations of paper]. If anyone wants to argue that he’s the greatest living abstract painter, I wouldn’t disagree.

Mark Bradford in front of his contribution to the 2017 Venice Biennale.

So, I have written on my blog that a gay, Black man is responsible for, “among the most gorgeous abstract paintings that have been made” and is arguably “the greatest living abstract painter” but I “hate” POC who make abstract paintings! Riiiiiiiiight.

If you don’t know what Mark Bradford’s work looks like, here are a couple wall-sized paintings in a gallery:

Now, someone who is hell-bent on branding me as a racist-who-deserves-to-be-canceled might come up with an argument that I think black men are ONLY capable of abstract paintings, and I wouldn’t like or support their work if they addressed the condition of Black Americans.

Enter the contemporary figurative painting master, Kerry James Marshall:

Here’s what I had to say about his art in a blog post about beauty in art, from 2017:

Kerry James Marshall uses black people and black culture as his subject, and among his other achievements deliberately sought to use the color black centrally as an aesthetic challenge [and for symbolic reasons uses actual black, rather than more realistic shades of brown]. In this way, not only does he introduce black people and the black experience into the western canon of art, he also incorporates technical innovation while doing so, and inseparably so.

Looks like I’m all onboard with Marshall putting black people into the museums.

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Dog Walker), 2018.

I talked extensively about the beauty of the execution of the painting above, but the final sentence may be more pertinent here:

And then there is the subject, which is a black woman taking a dog (I’m guessing hers) for a walk on a pleasant afternoon on a quiet street. It is an everyday scene, and Marshall, I recall him saying, wanted to stress not the tragic history of black people (as the exotic other sacrificed on the periphery of history) in images like these, but a more comfortable normality with black people at the center of life.

I might add here that, no, I am NOT virtue signalling. If I blog that I admire an artist, I am doing it strictly because their art merits it no matter who they are. I judge the artist by the art, and not the other way around.

We still have the interesting fact that Twitter banned me temporarily in agreement with the accusation of “hate” or “threatening violence”. And that is, it later occurred to me, because my artist nemesis chose to misrepresent our exchange. From what I can piece together, he first deleted his tweets where he called me ignorant, a racist, and alt-right, in order to appear the victim of aggression, and not obviously on the attack three-fold himself. Curiously, the tweets he reported did NOT include the one comparing his painting (favorably] to that of Asuka, which would have given the proper context. Instead, he chose my following tweets in which I used the word “chimp”– as in saying “I didn’t call you a chimp”, but it was not evident I was talking about his or the chimp’s art.

I’m working on memory here, because I didn’t think to take screenshots at the time, but I remember finding it odd he hadn’t included my initial tweet, which is the one that was supposedly so offensive. He also didn’t include my tweet accusing him of slandering me. With some reflection, I believe what he’d done, deliberately or not, was give the impression that I said that his race ARE chimps. I doubt that he clarified that he is not black. This is not to say someone wouldn’t compare anyone non-white to chimps, but from what I’ve seen of historical examples of flagrant racism in America, that sort of comparison was made to Blacks (and a special exception for president George W. Bush]. And so, “Looks a lot like this painting, in a good way” becomes “blacks are apes”. If you should ever hear that I compared blacks or Latinos to primates, that is absolutely a lie, and malicious slander.

But I’m extrapolating from evidence while relying on my memory. I wish, again, that I’d bothered to take screenshots. I was pretty upset at the time, and just wanted to move on.

Consider that if he were white, which I thought he was, or if I were not white, or if I had compared his art to chicken-scratch, or dog shit, he couldn’t have charged me with “hate”. There needed to be the combination of a primate, me being white, and him being in a protected class for the accusation to not be patently ridiculous on the face of it. It is the biology of my parents that put me in a special position where I could be fingered as the hateful enemy, and punished for it. I’m sure he was fully aware of that, and took advantage of it.

Twitter gave me the ultimatum to take the strike against me, allow them to automatically delete the tweets in question, and accept that I am guilty of violating their terms of service, in which case the ban would be removed within 24 hours, or else challenge it, in which case I could have a paragraph to state my reasons, and they would take a week to re-evaluate.

Not wanting to take a week away from participating in the NFT community, which is essential for building your relations and getting your work sold; and not trusting whomever looks at such claims to appreciate my side at all (in which case the punishment would stand, or possibly be worse), I decided to plead guilty, just like innocents in the movies, in order to get a lesser sentence. And so I have on my record that I am guilty of hate!!

But I am saying here, in great detail, that I am absolutely NOT guilty of hate, and that the charges against me are disingenuous, deliberately misleading, hostile in intent, exaggerated, completely false, opportunistic, and ironically this is because of the happenstance of the DNA of my ancestors.

I am also perfectly cognizant that in some people’s minds, any protestation of my guilt on my part is evidence of my guilt. That, however, should smack far too hard of Inquisition witch trials for anyone to use that tactic without feeling some pang of conscience.

My tweet, at worst, is the same as the newspaper article juxtaposing a painting by Joan Mitchel with one by Pockets Warhol. But even that is a stretch considering my love of abstract art.

To quote King Lear, “I am a man More sinn’d against than sinning.”

It may be coincidental, but ever since my accuser reported me to Twitter, I have had a truncated presence on the platform.

Note that I can’t share this post on Twitter because someone might report it as “threatening violence” and have me permanently banned as a repeat offender.

~ Ends

35 replies on “How an Ideologue Tried to Get Me Cancelled From Twitter

    1. Yeah, just the words “great reset” are chilling. I would feel so much better if the people behind it were known for their unimpugnable benevolence. Rather, there is always the lurking suspicion of massive corruption. Who controls the “reset”? And are they not going to rewrite the rules to benefit themselves? Will it be a social credit system where any criticism of the Great Reset results in one’s social credit ranking being reduced?

      I love dystopian futures, but only in movies and literature.

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  1. That is entirely just sickening. So sorry you went through that. I find your humour, biting, satiristic, dark (at times), but I usually can get it. Then it comes to the fact that I HATE when people of minority use the “Race” card to punish people. IT is Racist in return. The fact that FB, Twitter, etc do NOT ask for the story of the one being accused or even able to defend oneself, but just take it for granted, it is ridiculous. I rarely go on twitter due to this. It makes no sense and people are butt-hurt whining a-holes. At least I can Control the amount of a-holes on FB…but there is no controlling it on Twitter and Tik Tok where stupidity reigns supreme.

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    1. I can’t shake the feeling that I am universally reviled as the bad guy. Thanks for your comment. Maybe, to be optimistic, my carefully explaining the phenomenon could contribute to reeling in the excesses of overarching, er, attempts at corrective justice.


  2. Holy crud! I found that quite an entertaining read, it’s amazing how easily people nowadays take offence at the slightest thing. WordPress and facebook are the extent of my forays into social media. It’s interesting reading about the crazy worlds of Twitter and the NFT’s!

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    1. Interestingly, the NFT community, while ostensibly on the vanguard of revolution, seems to me at this particular juncture to demand quite a lot of conformity. For example, and artist should work in one style, make a “collection”, and spend hours a day on Twitter promoting NFTs, and by logical extension, crypto itself. There are rules of how to sell, and so on. I really would prefer that I am wrong here. My honest impression at this point is that I have at least a 50% chance of being shut out of the NFT marketplace as a pariah.


  3. Yep. Welcome to the modern world. The world where man does not appear to have to fight to survive, but has to fight to clear his name. It’s an odd world. There’s no actual court, only knee-jerk responses.

    I’m so very sorry you had to go through all of that. It just seems like such a waste … a waste of time, a waste of effort, and a waste of resources.

    Every now and again, I wish I could go back about 50 years. The only threats were actual physical threats that (for the most part) you could see coming … literally.

    I am glad you are here. I am glad you are sharing your art. Keep going. Prove the attacker wrong.

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  4. I hear you. I’ve been censured and temporarily banned twice by Facebook because its AI can’t recognize sarcasm. Specifically, their under-educated AI thought I was 1)fomenting violence, and 2)smearing an ethnic group (hate). I wasn’t allowed to protest the first one, but I did mount a protest for the second and after review a human (I guess) changed its mind. So now I double-triple-quadruple check my posts whenever I’m trying to be sarcastically clever. Anything that could remotely suggest bias, hatred, violence, is relentlessly scrutinized and after a few long sighs, edited.

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    1. Indeed! Though, I suppose I could stick my neck out and mention that the policies of social media universally stipulate that there are “protected groups” they are dedicated to looking out for, and there is reciprocally a single unprotected group whose feelings or safety they are less concerned about, if at all.

      So, for example, if I compared someone’s art to the art of an animal, that is sufficiently hurtful to get me banned. However, if the other person calls me ignorant, a loser, and slanders me in a way that could easily damage any hopes of a career in art, that is not of concern, and probably my just deserts.

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  5. Wow. That is one hell of a post and really insightful Eric. It’s a case of guilty until proven innocent! Very disturbing these attacks on you. As you say very difficult when the social media platform is reviewing comments out of context. I won’t be be following the person in question any time soon!

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      1. I had a close extended family member vent their anger and unresolved grief issues publicly by tagging me (we were not on-line friends) and making abusive and untrue comments about myself. It took me two attempts to get that post taken down off FB. I think it really sucks that these social media platforms can be so faceless and gutless to stick up for the good guys like us! We must take heart that there are people out there that will see this for what it really is and read between the lines. Take care Eric.

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      2. Right. Reading between the lines. I sometimes joke that the word “hypocrisy” has been removed from the dictionary, because people are no longer sensitive to when they are guilty of it, and instead parade it around as an achievement in virtue.

        Glad you were able to get the public shaming personal attack post taken down. I guess I like dark comedy, because as much as this stuff angers me, it also makes me laugh out loud because of how ridiculous, even stupid it is, yet taken solemnly seriously.

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      3. We must keep a sense of humour or we will lose the will to live. When I spoke to our solicitor, he said we could spend lots of money to fight someone else’s “perceived truths”. So true what you say about hypocrisy!

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    1. Yes. Absolutely. But here’s a conundrum for you. I find that it may be necessary to be positive and have faith in order to move forward with momentum. However, if you do so, you are setting yourself up for serious disappointment.

      This leaves me being both cynical AND simultaneously hard-working. And then it occurred to me that that is kind of a double-whammy.

      But I guess that’s what you have to do to go up hill and reach a plateau, or a pleasant stretch of coasting downhill.


  6. You forgot to add that your wife is Polynesian as well — and you’re being too modest about your language skills. However, I understand why you’d not want to come off as braggy, but for someone who is interested, truly interested, in other cultures different than their own, enough to learn read, write, and speak their language says volumes about the kind of person.

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  7. Ah, yes, the primate problem. My kids love monkeys, but I don’t allow them to pretend to be monkeys while in public, because someone might overhear, misinterpret, and then there’d be hell to pay.

    The comparison with witch trials is very apt. Here are some other things racists, in the modern understanding, have in common with 17th century witches: they are everywhere, but invisible; they are responsible for all human ills; they may be unaware that they are witches, but still be doing immense damage without realizing it.

    You are public enough that this has finally come for you. I’m just keeping my head down and trying to get as many books published as I can while still relatively anonymous. I spent a few years living in Asia and learning a couple of languages there, and my books are about the family of man before we had our present-day races, but the mob is not going to care.

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    1. Yeah, you are wise to not let your kids act like monkeys in public. Very wise. I think something that somehow gets missed is that immediate fairness and justice is not necessarily the real goal in the short term. I get the impression – and very much from the art world – that what is really at hand is a turning of the tables. People feel that they need to teach the unprotected class a lesson, and exact payback. The problem with this is not only does it practice what it claims to passionately oppose, it reaffirms the deepest underlying beliefs that allow the problem in the first place: the notion that a person is defined by their biology. If you want to punish a person in a specific group, you must first insist that that are defined by their biology, and indistinguishable from other members of the same group. It is probably the most fundamentally dangerous and insipid way to conceive of a human being. And the antidote? It is the metaphoric soul – which is a perfect metaphor for the immaterial conscious mind, so very scientific. It’s just easier to use the word “soul”. And so, if you are judging people other than by their souls — knowable only though their actions, thoughts, and deeds — and if you choose to punish them for their DNA at birth, you are a sadistic moron and a blight on this Earth.

      Just my opinion here.

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  8. Wow! You are certainly entitled to your opinion without receiving flack from people. I have had people criticize some of my abstracts in very mean language. I just ignore those people. All art is an abstraction from nature. Sometimes there are recognizable shapes and sometimes the artist is asking you to decide whether or not you like it based on how it looks, not whether or not it is something you like to see. We all have visual biases that we bring to artwork. Those biases cannot come into the reaction when there aren’t any recognizable shapes from the world or nature.

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  9. That’s why it’s only safe to paint creatures from your imagination. The real monsters are human. It’s rough out there and social media presents things in such a limited way. There are people who latch onto this and are constantly victimized. Not only are they victimized, but they are actively seeking chances to feel that way and then have their say about it. It’s a rush for them. Do whatever you can to block them immediately and then go about your business being the decent and intelligent man you are.

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  10. “All painting is Eurocentrism” seems like a fairly racist statement to me. Seems the only person implying any race to be inferior to others and using the race of one person against another here was the person accusing you, which is fairly typical of the woke culture online now. Pure unadulterated projection. They are head fucks like that and they run Twitter. You can be as objectively anti racist and for equality as a saint, all that matters is their feelz and their sense of entitlement. As someone mixed race I have been told I am “too white” for these types. Presumably I have “white privilege” and am “inherently racist” Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and can’t paint Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends 😂 There is no point in offering sincerity to the insincere, and that is all being open and honest on Twitter amounts to. You did nothing wrong.

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    1. There are those who sadistically enjoy having a group of people that they are allowed to blame, demonize, deride, discriminate against, etc. This further undermines their cause — which ostensibly justifies their actions — by proving that they are themselves perfectly capable of the sin they seek to extinguish in others, and are in fact savoring the cruelty of it.

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  11. Blurf…people…endlessly creative and cruel. Sometimes I wonder how humanity has lasted this long. Quantity, I guess. Hmmmm – If I add (((hugs))) for you here will I be cited for conspiratorial behavior? Or will a passerby report me for “unwanted empathetic verbal touching” or some other wackadoodle charge? Dunno; don’t care. Glad you’re back on Twitter. (((hugs)))

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    1. Oh, good, you found me on Twitter again. I so much prefer the WordPress community. It’s only out of NFT necessity that I participate on Twitter, and overall it’s been rather punishing so far.

      All hail the wackadoodle!

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      1. Should’ve included this in my comment: a few weeks ago someone I don’t know left me a suggestion on my “big” (LOL) Twitter account. It was under a black and white photograph that I’d tagged “black&white” (among other pertinent descriptors). The person advised me to STOP – yes, in caps – using “black&white” as a tag bec it could be needlessly triggering to people. That’s when I opened the new, “little” Twitter account. I’m following you now from both. Twitter – waaaaaaay back when it first started and it was just a little trail of people saying “Hi!” & telling other people where they were from – used to be a delight. (I still have my “Welcome to Twitter” email from Biz Stone!) Now it’s a slog, with vipers. I have to take long breaks from it so if I disappear occasionally, that’s probably why. 🥰👋


      2. That’s kind of fascinating in that someone is priding themselves, or whomever they speak for, on being so frail and sensitive that even the words “black and white” could cause them trauma. And it would never occur to whomever made that comment that posting it could be a bit chilling for you because it represents self-appointed moral vigilantes policing the web looking for the slightest thing that could be construed as offensive. Well, let me give you some advice. Switch to sepia tone. I think it’s safe for the time being, and is still monochromatic.

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      3. Btw – Ever since I received that I’ve been wondering who the potentially triggered might be. Those who can’t tolerate having black and white near each other? Those who hate checkerboards and “Hairy Woodpeckers?” ::sigh:: Too much & too little to be angsty about. Letting it go now, with sepia! 😁


      4. Maybe that person was trying to make a joke by doing parody. It’s so ridiculous. I had to look up what a Hairy Woodpeckers looks like to discover it’s B&W. Now, um, given it’s name, and what it looks like, I think you might consider drawing one, and titling it, “Black and White Male Hairy Woodpecker” just to hit all the bases.

        People really need to “not sweat the little stuff”. They can start their training by not sweating imaginary minutia that is only a problem in the mind of the person who goes out of their way to make it a problem.


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