- How to stream Barcelona vs. Eibar Friday 6:00 PM
- How to stream ‘Bigfoot’ Silva vs. Gabriel Gonzaga in BKFC Friday 6:00 PM
- Demi Lovato’s nude photos allegedly leaked on Snapchat Friday 3:07 PM
- NBA TV is the new streaming service for basketball fanatics Friday 3:02 PM
- California residents will get cell phone alerts seconds before earthquakes Friday 2:29 PM
- How to stream Real Madrid vs. RCD Mallorca Friday 2:00 PM
- Trump accused of ‘using the language of ethnic cleansing’ regarding Kurds Friday 1:42 PM
- Hillary Clinton also thinks Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian bot Friday 1:13 PM
- TikTok girls dancing to voicemails from sh*tty exes is a vibe Friday 12:34 PM
- Netflix reports strong growth—but it faces 3 major hurdles in Q4 Friday 12:33 PM
- Telegram is hosting videos of extrajudicial killings in Syria Friday 12:32 PM
- ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ tops 8 million viewers in first week Friday 11:31 AM
- ‘Uncut Gems’ brings a high-stakes gambling risk to life Friday 11:29 AM
- Mark Zuckerberg gives a revisionist history about why he started Facebook in big speech Friday 10:52 AM
- Would Hitler be allowed to tweet? Friday 10:21 AM
Meet the real illustrator behind Banksy’s viral Charlie Hebdo tribute
Does Banksy have the dumbest fans in the world?
Because the Internet is fueled by false rumors about and misattributions to the pseudonymous street artist Banksy—just one of the perks of underground fame—someone was able to steal another artist’s imagery and pass it off as his on a bogus Instagram account.
The illustration, actually the work of Lucille Clerc, is an homage to the satirical cartoonists killed in Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the Paris offices of weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo. Her posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, however, received far less attention.
A photo posted by Lucille Clerc (@lucille_clerc) on
As with any number of the viral hoaxes that tend to spring up around Banksy, his PR representative was forced to issue a denial. “We can confirm this [picture] is not by Banksy,” Jo Brooks told the Independent. She also followed Clerc and retweeted her posts.
It’s anyone’s guess as to why a million people follow a fake Banksy social media account—and it’s hardly the only successful one—but as long as the proprietor continues to rip off decent and timely material, it’ll probably keep on thriving.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'