Banksy complains the old-fashioned way

September 4th, 2011 | By | 9 Comments »

According to The Guardian, Banksy‘s got a little problem with Channel 4′s Graffiti Wars documentary about Robbo and the Banksy versus Robbo feud. Rather than taking it to the street like you might expect when a street artist has a problem with the government or mass media, Banksy has sent a formal letter of complaint to Channel 4 and demanded an investigation. Among other concerns, Banksy is particularly upset that, in his opinion, the end of the documentary implies that Banksy was responsible for putting Robbo in a coma. To be clear, Banksy was not responsible for Robbo’s injury. Check out more details of Banksy’s complaints over at The Guardian.

Speaking of Robbo, a fundraiser for him took place today at Cargo in London. We hope it was a success.

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  • Jim

    Seeing as Robbo wasn’t found for quite some time after he got injured, how can you be so sure about exactly what happened? If you have some evidence regarding the circumstances surrounding Robbo’s injury then please state it. Thanks.

  • Jim

    So my comment is the most ridiculous thing you’ve read all year huh? I just asked if you knew what happened that’s all, because you seemed to be stating a fact. Saying that you know something for sure when you really don’t have any idea of the circumstances seems pretty ridiculous also.

  • Jim

    So my comment is the most ridiculous thing you’ve read all year huh? I just asked if you knew what happened that’s all, because you seemed to be stating a fact. Saying that you know something for sure when you really don’t have any idea of the circumstances seems pretty ridiculous also.

  • http://blog.vandalog.com/ RJ Rushmore

    Would you prefer the phrasing, “Nobody associated with Robbo has accused Banksy of any involvement in Robbo’s injury. There is no evidence to suggest that Banksy was involved in the injury. The police are not investigating the injury as an assault by Banksy. It is as likely that this injury was sustained as a result of an assassination attempt by the British Transport Police, who were upset that Robbo was giving the public a positive view of graffiti. But technically I haven’t seen CCTV footage of the incident that I can prove unequivocally was not doctored.”?

    It’s like I said, “This means Tek33 and was probably painted by Tek33, but perhaps it was someone else putting his symbol up – http://www.flickr.com/photos/deafrave/3917451414/” While, yes, it is conceivable that someone else painted that piece on an art gallery in Shoreditch because they really like bulbous tridents, I can confidently say that any non-Tek33 related story is so unlikely that it is not worth mentioning.

    Can we please treat this situation seriously, rather than fall into the trap of a conspiracy theory? I find this sort of speculation, which is really just an attack on Banksy veiled in speculation, disrespectful to Robbo, whose injury should be taken seriously, as I’m sure you would agree. Robbo’s injury should not be used as an excuse to bash Banksy.

  • Jim

    If you want to treat the situation seriously then I suggest you refrain from flippant and unfunny comments regarding BTP etc. So now you’re also speculating that CCTV footage exists? Or is that another poor attempt at a joke?  

    YOU were the one speculating about what happened, by implying you had some cast-iron knowledge of what happened…not me. I prefer to keep an open mind about things and not state things as define facts unless I have evidence to back them up. 

    You could have just said that you didn’t know, but instead you feel the need to make snide comments on twitter and here. Says a lot about you as a person really, and kind of confirms what they say on the ‘Street Art is Dead’ blog about you. 

    Don’t even try to play the ‘disrespectful to Robbo’ card either, because this blog has a history of being disgustingly disrespectful to Robbo, for which you should be ashamed of yourself. Even your words in the comment above trivialise the issue and show you as a somebody who will use any excuse to push your very obviously biased agenda.  

  • justaguest?;)

    Jim, many people know what happened but respect the rightful will of his loved ones to keep it private matters as it should be. It’s not your business nor mine, but in any case: Vandalog was right in what he said and I’m pretty sure the program maker must’ve known it as well but decided to opt for the most sensationalist/selling way.

  • Jim

    You don’t get it though. NOBODY knows what really happened, because none of us were there. Anybody that says they do know 100% what happened is lying.

  • just1morereply;)

    …your own argument is contradicting itself. If I need to say why, then you’re the one not getting it ;-)

  • Jim

    Oh dear, how tedious. Let me try to make it VERY simple for you. Nobody knows for sure what happened to Robbo, unless they were there themselves, or they know somebody who was. If you have access to that kind of information then please say so, because I’m sure Robbo’s friends and family would love to know.

    If on the other hand you weren’t there when the injury happened, and don’t know anything for sure beyond what you are SPECULATING could have happened, then please refrain from stating that you do know something as fact, because you will obviously be lying if you do.