As hoards of British artists conspire to vote ‘remain’, the Brexit brigade endeavours to reclaim our culture for them. Here are three examples of their efforts thus far
Among Britain’s creatives supporting the Remain campaign is Antony Gormley, the sculptor behind the iconic Angel of the North. But in March, Leave campaigners hijacked the Angel, stamping their ‘Take Control’ slogan non-consensually over the 66ft tall rendering of Gormley’s own bodily form. In an open letter, Gormley’s solicitor warned that their use of the sculpture was ‘both unlawful and damaging to the integrity of this important work’. The Telegraph added that Vote Leave tears oughtn’t really to be shed over the lost emblem, given that it was erected using EU funding.
Next, Leave campaigners invented a new cultural landmark of their own: Bpop Live, a pop-concert-cum-Brexit-rally due to take place on 19th June at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. When their lineup was announced, it was glittering with stars including Sigma, 5ive and Alesha Dixon. Unfortunately, once the main acts had worked out what the concert’s nominal ‘B’ stood for, they all promptly cancelled their appearances. This delighted The Huffington Post, which declared that ‘even Vote Leave supporters are predicting an absolute embarrassment of an event’. In spite of ‘em all, the stiff-upper-lipped Bpop organisers are calmy carrying on – still set to turn up are an Elvis impersonator (a British one, we must presume), and Nigel Farage. They said, ‘It’s time for us to start making our minds up, and who better to hammer that message home?’
Lastly, twice Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson ruffled feathers back in February when she voiced her commitment to the Remain campaign at a promotion event for her upcoming film, Alone in Berlin. Her description of an isolated Britain as ‘a tiny little cloud-bolted … grey old island’ was met with a rousing cry of ‘SHUT YER CAKEHOLE!’ from The Sun’s editorial team. Her opinion also exasperated Tory MP Conor Burns, who thinks we shouldn’t ‘allow snooty ladies like Ms Thompson to vent their metropolitan elitist snobbery.’ The Guardian, initially miffed, conceded that Burns can’t be blamed for being cross, concluding: ‘I think he’s confusing her with Isis, Hitler, etc. Easily done.’
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