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Started by machiavelli on Jan 14, 2022 6:27:29 AM
Astoundment as Hero Tries to Smash Beeb PAEDO Statue

A man has climbed on to the front of the BBC’s Broadcasting House headquarters and used a hammer to damage a prominent statue by Eric Gill, as another man shouted about the artist’s history of paedophilia.

Gill was one of the most prominent early 20th-century British artists and designers until his death in 1940. But his diaries, published many decades later, reveal his sexual abuse of his daughters and family dog.

Sky Willoughby, who runs a nearby stylist specialising in blue hair dye said "I don't see what the fuss is about that statue - he may have rogered his entire household but at least he didn't trade slaves or deadnane anyone."

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jan/12/man-uses-hammer-to-attack-statue-on-front-of-bbc-broadcasting-house

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widenation - 14 Jan 2022 06:51:53 (#1 of 65)

I mentioned Gill's "activities" to a graphic designer over XMAS - she had no idea, and it was her favourite typeface (Gill Sans).

Ginmonkey - 14 Jan 2022 07:30:28 (#2 of 65)

Gill's "activities" have been known for a while surely?

It is hard, Gill was clearly a monster who terrorised his family but he was also a genius. His works are wonderful.

Does it make a difference that the statue is by Gill not of Gill?

CarlosFandango - 14 Jan 2022 07:32:44 (#3 of 65)

Yes.

HouseOfLametta - 14 Jan 2022 07:33:34 (#4 of 65)

Are we sure it's not of him?

cozzer - 14 Jan 2022 07:34:04 (#5 of 65)

but at least he didn't trade slaves or deadnane anyone."

Are your implying that slave trading was a trivial activity, mach?

darkhorse - 14 Jan 2022 07:45:06 (#6 of 65)

I bet the BBC took down any pictures they had of or by Rolf Harris.

Tbf, in theory they could take down the Gill art if there was a sufficient campaign against it. The statue smasher will have to take his chances in court, just as the Colston 4 did.

Ginmonkey - 14 Jan 2022 07:46:55 (#7 of 65)

Generally I am of the view we separate the art from the artist.

darkhorse - 14 Jan 2022 07:49:06 (#8 of 65)

I am not sure I have a general opinion. I think if I had a picture on my wall by a noted abuser I would remove it, or sell it.

But sadly I am not fortunate enough to own any vastly valuable art, so it’s theoretical.

I don’t own any Michael Jackson albums. If it turned out the house builder was a paedophile, I wouldn’t demolish my home either.

flossiefoe - 14 Jan 2022 07:49:53 (#9 of 65)

Tbf, in theory they could take down the Gill art if there was a sufficient campaign against it.

Not without listed building consent, they couldn’t. The Gill sculpture is an integral part of Broadcasting House and is covered by its listing.

darkhorse - 14 Jan 2022 07:50:55 (#10 of 65)

Well, sufficient campaign to get that consent given. My imaginary campaign against Eric Gill sculptures is highly effective and overcomes all the legal obstacles.

CarlosFandango - 14 Jan 2022 07:51:58 (#11 of 65)

A triviality, that.

(The listed thing)

elderberry - 14 Jan 2022 07:56:35 (#12 of 65)

There is stuff by Gill in Westminster cathedral as well, Stations of the Cross and an altar, if the protestors want to move on from the BBC.

The 1989 biography by Fiona MacCarthy was the first to describe his sex crimes, so they've been well known for more than 40 years. afaik there's never been an attempt to retire any of Gill's typefaces.

dottie30 - 14 Jan 2022 07:56:38 (#13 of 65)

Book burning is the thing really. It's something gammons could get behind.

elderberry - 14 Jan 2022 07:59:48 (#14 of 65)

Smashing signage on the Underground (Gill contributed to the development of Johnston sans) would be a proud gesture too.

cozzer - 14 Jan 2022 08:02:48 (#15 of 65)

afaik there's never been an attempt to retire any of Gill's typefaces.

That article says the BBC has stopped using Gill Sans.

browserbutton - 14 Jan 2022 08:03:29 (#16 of 65)

There was a time when I couldn't bring myself to look at a Caravaggio, what with him being a convicted murderer. But it turns out the guy he killed was a pimp, so hey ho.

Arjuna - 14 Jan 2022 08:05:50 (#17 of 65)

So he fucked his dog then wrote about it in his diary?

helenskywalker - 14 Jan 2022 08:10:13 (#18 of 65)

In Gill sans.

machiavelli - 14 Jan 2022 08:14:36 (#19 of 65)

Are your implying that slave trading was a trivial activity, mach?

Come on, at least they got a free holiday.

carterbrandon - 14 Jan 2022 08:26:16 (#20 of 65)

In the 90s I had to enact a corporate rebrand to Gill Sans and Americana.

Pain of a typeface, because 'l', '1' and 'I' and pretty much indistinguishable.

That's my other Gill story.

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