I should have posted this Jamie Stuart Hurricane Sandy piece (i.e., “Eternal Storm”) yesterday morning when he first sent it to me. But I started to put stuff up and this happened and a Fed Ex guy arrived and I had an early lunch meeting and I wrote a bit more and I had to pick up dry cleaning and then talk to my mom and then I fell behind on the column and I had to wail to catch up. What was I talking about? Oh, right…Stuart and Sandy.
Stuart writes that he’s not sure “if it’s right to create art out of this experience, yet. I don’t know what the time limit is. But I have created something that I hope people can appreciate. And art always helps.”
True artists don’t kowtow to sensitive p.c. bullshit. Compassionate, politically correct notions about what is sensitive and insensitive are the enemies of art. As one who has been beaten up by liberal p.c. Stalinists about this and that viewpoint, I know what I’m talking about.
Imagine if there was a secret community of aliens who landed on the planet with digital video cameras at the time of Ramses and Moses, and a descendant of one of them — his name was Zorkan, let’s say — happened to be in ancient Jerusalem on a day that a man named Yeshua of Nazareth was flogged and crucified on Golgotha, and he tagged along and shot a lot of footage of the whole episode. And then Zorkan when back to his apartment and cut it all together on an alien version of IOS 5 on a Macbook Pro and was about to post it when he said to himself, “I don’t know if it’s right to create art out of this experience yet. I don’t know what the time limit is. Maybe I won’t put it up at all. It doesn’t seem respectful to that poor skinny guy, Yeshua something…maybe I should just erase what I have.” And then he did erase it because he wanted to be sensitive and p.c. about filming something that was not pleasant and positive.
If news of what Zorkan did got out and became known to the world, Zorkan would be one of the most loathed and reviled cameramen and video artists of all time.