Banksy vs. Paris Hilton

Blue Velvet

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Banksy has been at it again. :D

Hundreds of Paris Hilton albums have been tampered with in the latest stunt by "guerrilla artist" Banksy.

Banksy has replaced Hilton's CD with his own remixes and given them titles such as Why am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For?

He has also doctored pictures of her on the CD sleeve to show the US socialite topless and with a dog's head.

A spokeswoman for Banksy said he had doctored 500 copies of her debut album Paris in 48 record shops across the UK.

She told the BBC News website: "He switched the CDs in store, so he took the old ones out and put his version in."

But he left the original barcode so people could buy the CD without realising it had been interfered with.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5310416.stm


Who is Banksy?
http://www.banksy.co.uk/

Some of his other pieces:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/5193552.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/4563751.stm


If anyone can find pictures of the altered Paris Hilton CDs, that would be fab.
 

Nickygoat

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Blue Velvet said:
If anyone can find pictures of the altered Paris Hilton CDs, that would be fab.
Is the shame of looking at Paris Hilton CDs worth it?
What if someone saw me? :p
 

rdowns

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It would really suck to buy something and find out something else is inside the sleeve.

Oh, these are Paris Hilton CDs. Never mind.
 

andiwm2003

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has anybody read the reviews on paris album on itunes? it's just great. "sounds like a drowning cat" is one of the better reviews she got. very entertaining.

as for switching the CD's: it can only be an improvement.
 

FleurDuMal

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No photos/samples anyone?

I used to live near a Banksy piece on Holloway Rd - a child with a spacemens helmet on. At least I think it was him. There are now imitations everywhere. Back in Lambeth there was a "Designated Picnic Area" sketch behind Waterloo where all the prostitutes and drug dealers would hang out, but I'm quite sure that was a fake.

My personal favourite:

 

Chundles

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How did people find this out? For the ruse to be discovered someone would have had to purchase a Paris Hilton CD - I just can't get my head around it, who would buy such a thing.

I always considered her CD to be a real working example of a Schroedinger's Cat scenario - her CD could be absolutely anything until somebody buys one but seeing as how nobody would it would remain unaltered by our observation and thus could take any form possible.

People bought a Paris Hilton CD... nope, the mind still boggles.
 

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Chundles said:
How did people find this out? For the ruse to be discovered someone would have had to purchase a Paris Hilton CD - I just can't get my head around it, who would buy such a thing.
My thoughts exactly. Banksy himself must have publicised it. There's no other explanation as to how the ruse was rumbled :confused:
 

RedTomato

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Chundles and Dynamicv

If you would kindly cast your eyes (or the browser window) upwards a few inches, you would find the following helpful statement, as helpfully quoted by the helpful Bluevelvet in the very first post of this thread:

A spokeswoman for Banksy said he had doctored 500 copies of her debut album Paris in 48 record shops across the UK.

She told the BBC News website: "He switched the CDs in store, so he took the old ones out and put his version in."
I know you like playing the thick ozzie but that's laying it on a bit thick :)

PS Aye Banksy's great innie, I used to see some of his stuff around Hackney back when I lived there, but now I'm in west London, it's all poshified round here. Quite a few Turks / Lebananese around here, but they don't seem into graffitti - Hackney has been full of turkish political graffiti for the last few years.
 

bartelby

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RedTomato said:
Chundles and Dynamicv

If you would kindly cast your eyes (or the browser window) upwards a few inches, you would find the following helpful statement, as helpfully quoted by the helpful Bluevelvet in the very first post of this thread:


But that quote doesn't explain HOW they discovered the switching!
It only explains WHAT was done.
 

RedTomato

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bartelby said:
But that quote doesn't explain HOW they discovered the switching!
It only explains WHAT was done.
Banksy sent out a press release of course. Standard form when you're a successful artist / prankster with several books and exhibitions to your credit.

I imagine the media rang up Virgin et al, who sent a staffer to check it out, (or someone from the media went down to Picadilly Circus / Tottenham Court Road to check it out (can't see them having that much energy tho)). Banksy is well known to the media, so they're more likely to follow up his press releases. And they love to rag on Paris too :)

Sorry to disappoint you.
 

RedTomato

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skunk said:
RedTomato said:
I know you like playing the thick ozzie but that's laying it on a bit thick
Easy with the inappropriate stereotypes.
I never said that Chundles was thick. In fact, I declare that I will fight anyone who claims that Chundles is thick.

Free class in grammar parsing available from your nearest whingy Pom or raw prawn :)
 

GoCubsGo

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RedTomato said:
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I never said that Chundles was thick. In fact, I declare that I will fight anyone who claims that Chundles is thick.

Free class in grammar parsing available from your nearest whingy Pom or raw prawn :)
ROFL!

The whole Bansky thing is awesome. As far as why she is famous? Because she has the cash to produce an album that sounds bad and pay people to make it sound good. Let's just say it'll be a little while before we hear her live....probably more Ashlee Simpson live than anything else. ;)
 

Chundles

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RedTomato said:
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I never said that Chundles was thick. In fact, I declare that I will fight anyone who claims that Chundles is thick.

Free class in grammar parsing available from your nearest whingy Pom or raw prawn :)
I don't get it... Yes I do, very funny.

What's this about prawns and parsley??
 

benthewraith

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jessica. said:
ROFL!

The whole Bansky thing is awesome. As far as why she is famous? Because she has the cash to produce an album that sounds bad and pay people to make it sound good. Let's just say it'll be a little while before we hear her live....probably more Ashlee Simpson live than anything else. ;)
Ashlee Simpson live or Eminem Live? Because, well, both have terrible singing.

As for Paris, she shouldn't have made an album. As for her scandals and whatnot, it's the same exact crap that goes on in High School and College. It doesn't help that she grew up in the generation in which Clueless taught blondes to be idiots. And all smart, hot blondes are delegated to shows such as Stargate and Law stuff, shows most teenage girls wouldn't watch, sadly. Maybe portray a blonde as smart, intelligent may save society. Unfortunately, I think not.
 

ReanimationLP

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On the moon.
Paris Hilton is famous for F***ing on camera.

I just got done listening to her "Stars are Blind"

Please excuse me while I go play Russian Roulette with a fully-loaded gun.

Thank you.

I love the cover of the album also, funny how shes got all that clevage when in real life shes as flat as a diving board.