Thursday, December 10, 2009
NY Show Feeds Graffiti Vandal B.N.E.'s Criminal Ego
B.N.E. arrogantly suggests his despoiling urban environments is freedom of speech: "This is my voice," he insists, "and if you try to remove it, you're shutting me up." (OK then, shut up.) Thus the super-tacky adhesive on his stickers. He loves being a famous snot.
The chairman of the Queens, New York, City Council Public Safety Committee, Peter F. Vallone, Jr. is right: "This is an unrepentant criminal who has cost honest taxpayers a lot of money, and he's profited from it." Times writer Corey Kilgannon as well as Mother brass know who this guy is and could end his career. But they wouldn't betray B.N.E., because they think cool and edgy trumps respecting the law.