Banksy’s Rant on Advertising Was Plagiarized
So, remember that Banksy quote on advertising that went viral a couple weeks ago? Turns out the four-paragraph missive, which originally appeared in the out-of-print coffee table book Cut it Out, was actually plagiarized.
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While the first paragraph is original, the remainder is a direct rip from a Sean Tejaratchi essay entitled “Death, Phones, Scissors,” originally published in his 1999 Crap Hound zine. The author explained his position to Gawker in an email:
Banksy’s not psychic. He had no way of knowing that quote would be distributed in 2012. But all confusion could have been completely avoided by including an attribution in his book, or at very least letting me know it had served as inspiration. Nothing clears things up like clarity.
My goal is to set the record straight online. There will be no lawyers or threats of legal action. I’ve tried not to jump to conclusions, or angrily denounce Banksy, or the Internet, or the terrible unfairness of the universe. Maybe a ghostwriter was responsible for lifting it. Maybe an attribution was lost in layout.
Tejaratchi is reportedly happy with the exposure, but is pissed because a republished version of the zine is due for release in a couple months. “My essay will have appeared to swipe from Banksy,” Tejaratchi told Gawker yesterday.