resolution, of sorts.
posted by Aeire
For those that have been following along with the whole
Kelly debacle, a resolution of sorts has been reached in the form
of a press release, posted in the linked thread that reads as follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POST POP-ARTIST, TODD GOLDMAN, CONTROVERSAL
CLEARWATER, FL, April 11, 2007- Popular
post pop-artist, Todd Goldman who has made a career of making fun of the
world with his sarcastic commentary and cartoon icons, has mistakenly
used the design of an another artist in two of his recent paintings. Todds
painting, Dear God, Please Make Everyone Die, was inspired
from a drawing he received unbeknownst to him belonging to an underground
web comic artist David Shmorky Kelly.
In addition to painting, Todd designs
t-shirts for his clothing company, David & Goliath. Todd and his design
team create and receive thousands of design ideas every month. Its
no secret that Goldman creates a lot of his painting ideas from his t-shirt
designs. Goldman says I made a judgment error and didnt research
the background of this particular submission. My intention was not
to copy Mr. Kelly. I have never seen his work before and would never intentionally
knock-off someone elses idea.
Goldman has issued a formal apology
to Mr. Kelly and has stated that he will not be using his design again
in the future. As a gesture of good faith, Goldman has pledged not profit
from his mistake. He will instead donate his proceeds from the painting
directly to Mr. Kelly or his charity of choice.
being intelligent, has declined the offer for Goldman to donate to a charity,
as doing so would mean that the sceevy little fuck (my words, not Kelly's,
let's make that clear right now) would be able to deduct the donation
from his taxes. Dave is content with this, which is fine for him, and
I am happy that he is getting something out of this, and I am happy that
he is happy.
see, me? I'm still furious. Part of it is that this guy is denying that
he directly copied an image, despite emails sent to people that you can
find, on this page
right here - emails that state, and I quote, "Every month I decide
to paint the works of a pedophile. This week, I chose the work of Dave
Kelly". The email goes on to link a directory with some uh...NSFW
images contained therein, just warning those who might want to follow
let's see here. He 'didn't know' about Dave Kelly or his work, but he
knew enough to make an unfounded and slanderous statement about the artist
in question, and he just happened to have a link to a directory of his
work handy? Yeah. Right.
infuriating me is this
article from the LA Sun, which includes the following choice quotes.
"He(Goldman) said one of the artists
working for his company brought the image to him.
"I made a judgment error and didn't
research the background of this particular submission," Goldman said.
"My intention was not to copy Mr. Kelly."
His intent was not to copy Mr. Kelly, his intent was just to copy some
random shit off the internet and make a shit-ton of money off of it without
bothering to think about whether or not the work was original. His intent
was not to copy Mr. Kelly, he just happened to trace the goddamned
artwork without any thought of who it came from or who originally drew
it, and use it to make himself some money.
that delightful statement is this one:
Of the Internet reaction, Goldman said:
"This is just a bunch of hater artists trying to take me down. I'm
not an online Web guy. I'm not trying to rip people off. I work with a
team of artists at David & Goliath. We create thousands of designs."
take a moment here to visit a wonderful website I frequent called dictionary.com,
and see what they have to say about the word 'create', shall we?
verb (used with object)
1. to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally
evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
2. to evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art
or an invention.
3. Theater. to perform (a role) for the first time or in the first production
of a play.
4. to make by investing with new rank or by designating; constitute; appoint:
to create a peer.
5. to be the cause or occasion of; give rise to: The announcement created
6. to cause to happen; bring about; arrange, as by intention or design:
to create a revolution; to create an opportunity to ask for a raise.
verb (used without object)
7. to do something creative or constructive.
8. British. to make a fuss.
going to use number eight on the list and talk about number two for a
moment, okay? "Creating" something involves coming up with an
original idea or concept, and making something brilliant out of it. Creating
something does not involve having a team of hack piece of shit assholes
(again, my words) comb the internet looking for other people's hard
work to steal and use to fill your own goddamned pocketbook.
Okay, so YOU aren't trying to rip people off, you just hired a team of
people to do it FOR you.
in the meantime, those of us 'hater artists' that happen to be making
up OUR OWN WORK out of our IMAGINATIONS (you know, that fanciful thing
we have in our heads that comes up with inspiring and entertaining ideas
- it's sort of like that fucking team you hired only we're smart enough
to come up with shit on our own), are simply trying to STICK IT TO YOU
because lord knows you've never stolen a goddamned thing in your life.
one 'hater artist' chick to one untalented uninspired boring piece of
shit - I'm not jealous of your success. I just think you're pathetic.
take your insipid, badly-drawn stick figures and shove them directly up
your pompous ass.
in other, happier news - the floods have been stopped, the leak has been
fixed and the home appears to be fine, although the carpet's been drying
out all day and the padding underneath it has to be replaced and the carpets
HELD OFF THE FLOODS OF POSEIDON WITH A TRUSTY SHOPVAC AND THE GRIM DETERMINATION
OF ONE WHO DOES NOT WISH TO HAVE HER FEET MOISTENED.