Saturday, August 17, 2013
Stalin on my pavement, what am I gonna do?
This is the work of the - deep breath - Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) (URL just out of shot). Not to be confused, of course, with the Communist Party of Britain, or the Communist Party of Britain Provisional Central Committee, to which I managed to attribute this artwork first time around (blushes and apologies to the CPBPCC comrades)
Quite apart from the fact they've sprayed the pavement with Stalin outside the building where I work, this is bad marketing in bad taste.
Why? Well, it's as simple as debased dialectic materialism, my friend.
Once you exclude the people who won't recognize him or are wondering why they are treading on Colonel Sanders, most of the rest of us are still thinking something along the lines of "Stalin, ugh!"
Or, slightly more eloquently, if our passer by knows his Solzhenitsyn, "didn't that dude preside over the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his own people?"
That's right. Not forgetting to mention the arbitrary imprisonment, forced resettlement, purges and terror.
They could have left us Che, or Marx. Heck, even Lenin Cat. They all have impeccable socialist credentials.
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But no, they give us Uncle Joe, who with all his historical baggage is pretty much beyond rehabilitation.
Either they've got some seriously deep marketing game going on, or they really haven't thought this through.