It won't surprise you to hear that most of us at City Paper don't watch "The O'Reilly Factor," which means we were completely unaware of "humor" segment Watters' World. But we were more than thrilled to see Art F City writer (and CP contributor) Michael Anthony Farley make an appearance on host Jesse Watters' attempted send-up of Art Basel.
As you'll see (around the 1:50, 2:05, and 2:33 marks), Farley is not having any of Watters' bullshit.
Watters: Why do you think the art world tends to lean more to the left, politically?
Farley: Because they're grounded in critical thinking.
Watters: If the left is so good at critical thinking, why have they made a mess of the economy?
Farley: They haven't.
Watters: [Looking back at white canvas with a red strip on the lower half] What does this piece represent to you?
Farley: [shrugs] Minimalism?
Watters: Wrong. This is Obama's red line in Syria.
Farley: [feigning that he's impressed] Ohhhhh.
You can watch the whole clip, complete with strange movie references edited in, here:
Over at Art F City, Farley explains that he was prepared for a street-fashion interview before seeing the Fox News logo on the camera equipment, at which point he realized, "They're here to troll us."
Unsurprisingly, a lot of the interview was left on the cutting-room floor, and Farley writes he has reconstructed it "as close to verbatim as I can remember the exchange, including me being awkward." Here are a few choice excerpts we loved:
Jesse Watters: Why do you think the art world tends to lean left, politically?
Me: Because they’re grounded in critical thinking, observation, and discourse.
JW: And the Republicans aren’t?
Me: No. The Republican Party is busy debating whether or not they would kill the baby Hitler but not abort the fetal Hitler. That’s a ‘real’ thing… That they’re actually talking about.
. . .
JW: Anyway, so why do you think Liberals think climate change is a bigger threat than terrorism?
Me: Because it is.
JW: WHAT? How can you say that after 150 people died in Paris last week?
Me: Because climate change kills thousands of people, it will kill millions of people. Look at New Orleans, how many more people died in Katrina than in Paris?
JW: So we never had hurricanes before the Industrial Revolution?
Me: No, that's a huge simplification. Now we have more frequent hurricanes with greater strength. Do you understand how hurricanes work? Do you know what makes a hurricane?
. . .
JW: So I guess you agree with the Black Lives Matter protesters.
Me: Uh, if I didn't agree with the Black Lives Matter protesters, what would my stance be? “Black Lives Don’t Matter”? Are you asking me if I think black lives don't matter? (This is when I started to lose my temper and more camera phones came out)
JW: No, I mean do you agree with the phrase “Black Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter”?
Me: (Sarcastically) Oh definitely just Black ones. Fuck white people. And Asians.
You should really read the whole thing. We turned a few of them into memes. Enjoy.
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