A Los Angeles-based street artist named Xvala has been making waves by plastering blow-ups of the leaked Scarlett Johnansson nudes around town. The images, which feature ScarJo along with Xvala’s logo and the words “Fear Google,” are popping up in super public places, and Xvala has been sent a cease and desist from Scarlett’s lawyers. The Huffington Post scored an interview with Xvala. Here’s some of what he had to say:
“Is there any significance to Scarlett Johanson? Or does it have to do more with the fact that the photos were hacked?
I have been creating Google Paste for a while now, utilizing hacked celebrity photos. There have been many hacked photos that weren’t interesting prior to the latest leaked photo of Scarlett, but her two photos were perfect based on the aftermath of her hiring lawyers and the comment being made of wanting to have all her photos removed… wanting them to disappear from the internet. That has been a focus of mine to disappear from the Internet… and seeing her statement, makes me feel that she stole my idea.
This is clearly a well-thought-out piece, and you are taking a stance, and what is your goal that you would like to accomplish?
The actions of both Scarlett and hackers made it easy for me. I just had to create the art. Actions speak louder than words and we, government and society, continue to live and die by the internet.
What are your thoughts on censorship? Because the photo is hacked, but the naked parts are still covered.
I don’t believe in censorship, but do have a respect for ‘users.’ By changing the stolen photos they became new. My contribution to the leaked Scarlett Johanson photos was not intended as information suppression but to encode the photos with more relevant information. There are no retractions from the Internet. That’s clearly the new picture that I have created.”
Is Xvala really making a point here? Or is he just being sensationalist. The statement that once something’s on the Internet, it’s out there forever holds water, but I’m not sure it’s made any clearer by his public art.
Oh well, more nudes, y’all!