Artists respond to hate-speech ads with “fabulous” alterations


When it comes to countering hate speech, there's nothing like creative expression mixed with direct action. Activists affiliated with art collectives Bay Area Art Queers Unleashing Power (BAAQUP) and Street Cred declared yesterday to be “Hate Free Monday,” and celebrated by modifying hate speech ads recently plastered on Muni buses.

Purchased by the pro-Israeli American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), the ads contain bigoted, inflammatory quotations directed at LGBT people, attributed to prominent Muslims. Although city officials have condemned the advertisements, they were nevertheless allowed to be displayed because Muni determined them to be within First Amendment guidelines.

Headed by conservative blogger Pamela Geller, AFDI has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Geller herself is the target of the activists' handiwork.

“We believe that all public spaces, including public transit, should be welcoming and safe for all members of our community,” the artists, who did not give their names, wrote to the Guardian in a statement sent from “The hate-filled messages purchased by Pamela Geller’s AFDI defame and vilify Muslims and are harmful and offensive to residents and visitors in San Francisco, both Muslim and non-Muslim. 
Since the city will not take action against these ads on city buses, we have.”

To read BAAQUP’s full description of the motivations behind their action, go here.

Their statement concludes: “As long as these advertising outrages continue to appear on our streets, we will continue to reconstitute them to reflect something more truthful, just, and ideally fabulous.”



anything else. It's somewhere between sad and tragic that liberals will rant on and on about "hate speech" and yet will pour massive amounts of venom and invective on anyone with the temerity to transgress the artificial and arbitrary rules of political correctness.

You either hate or you don't. You don't get to cherry pick what it's OK to hate on and what it isn't.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

The answer to speech you disagree with is more speech.

The Supreme Court said it was a shouting match.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 1:54 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

Contesting the public space on the side of buses that they "pay" for with alternative messages is freedom of expression.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 5:18 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 5:30 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

So you disapprove of Ms. Geller's attempt to censor pro-Palestinian messages now running in NYC subways? Good.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 11:42 am

Doesn't your argument defend the action here? Pamela Gellar's ads are based on cherry-picking the lines of certain Muslims in order to paint the entire Muslim religion as affiliated with terrorism. When Pamela Gellar vilifies the free speech of Muslims in such a way, she is pouring massive amounts of venom and invective on anyone with the temerity to transgress the artificial and arbitrary rules of political correctness.

And so when people take it upon themselves to respond to such venom and invectiveness, aren't they simply defending the right to free speech for Muslims?

Posted by HeartTenderloin on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

Go right ahead. You're making Gellar's arguments for her.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

of Africa, the mid-East, Latin America and greats wathes of Asia.

They may hate America but they fear everywhere else.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

I've traveled throughout Latin America, been across South Africa and India and never had a problem to speak of that I'd not encountered here at home.

I did learn that there is no poverty in the US, however.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

I've been around the world too, but I'm not sure how long I would last if I ever encountered a "great wathe." Apparently there are lots of them in Asia, according to the commentator, and they must be something fearsome to behold. Fortunately I've yet to meet one in my Asian travels. Should I be afraid?

Posted by Greg on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

I've only seen the lesser wathes of Asia Minor, not the great wathes of Asia Proper.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

Who was it who said progressives have no sense of humor?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

What did the Horta tell Mr. Spock through the mind meld: wathes and wathes of searing pain. The Cries of the Children!

Posted by marcos on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

Everyone serves a useful purpose in life, if only to serve as a horrible example.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

right to cherry pick to make any individual or group of individuals look better or worse.

If you do not like a public ad, then you are free to run an ad disagreeing with it. What are you waiting for? You get the same right.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

hold this position around Muslims and their mysterious view on Muslim "tolerance" is that Muslims do not hold any sway in the USA and that now right wingers don't like Muslims.

In the 80's one could read the Nation or any other lefty mag and read about the horrors of Muslim culture. After all the USA right was financing Muslim crack pots back then so it was OK to mention the terror it is to live in a Muslim state. Leaders of the left were always mentioning the abuses of women, the clit cutting, the hanging of gays and whatnot back then. Of coursing all that blabbering about that idiot Reagan giving them money and arms.

The modern left is little different than the 30's left who didn't think Adolph was to bad after the Ribbentrop–Molotov Pact.

Not to say the the right is any better, if the USSR was still around the right would be financing kooky Muslim fundies, and the left would still be harping on how Muslims states and Muslims are intolerant.

Orwell makes more and more sense all the time.

Posted by matlock on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

Is a moronic operation that calls anyone who does not agree with it's opinion as fact of being a hate group. Pointing out that population growth causes environmental problems to the SFPLC is racism.

The SPLC is as crazy as David Horowitz's "Follow the Networks."

Citing the SPLC on hate is like Tim Redmond quoting his opinion pieces around the factual status of his latest opinion pieces.

Posted by matlock on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

I think the response is creative and cute. I hope MUNI just leaves it there as is.

And matlock... sounds like someone needs a girlfriend. Hate to tell you though, you'll need to change that cynical attitude first ...and maybe move out of your parents' basement. ;-)

Posted by Greg on Mar. 26, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

out of your nasty rent-controlled hovel.

Posted by anon on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 5:52 am

I live in a rent controlled apartment, while Greg lives in his car (that he thinks others shouldn't own) in his parents driveway.

Posted by matlock on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

Let's just all agree that we hate artists and then go out to eat at a place too expensive for artists to afford.

Posted by Chromefields on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 8:31 am

like frequenting places that they cannot afford.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 27, 2013 @ 10:10 am