In light of the InfoWars host’s bizarre assertion, the most interesting question is: what happens next?
Following his 2015 divorce, far-right radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is embroiled in an ugly and somewhat bizarre custody battle.
In response to his ex-wife’s claims that the InfoWars founder and Pizzagate controversy propagator is “not a stable person” ― and therefore should not receive custody of their children ― Jones is arguing that his publicly jacked-up, trumped-up, vitriolic rants are merely instances of “performance art.”
Jones’ lawyer Randall Wilhite outlined the novel defense, telling those present at a recent pretrial hearing that Jones’ InfoWars persona does not reflect who he is as a person. “He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said. “He is a performance artist.”
Jones himself made a similar claim in early April while facing criticism ― and potential criminal proceedings ― after calling Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) an “archetypal cocksucker” and threatening in an expletive-laden rant to “beat [his] goddamn ass.” Jones later posted a follow-up video describing the comments as “clearly tongue-in-cheek and basically art performance, as I do in my rants, which I admit I do, as a form of art.”
Jones’ most famed “performances” to date include calling the 9/11 attacks an inside job, claiming the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was “completely fake with actors,” and suggesting that the American government is “encouraging homosexuality with chemicals so that people don’t have children.” Is it possible that Jones has been putting on some sort of persona to stir up controversy and garner public attention? Of course. It is unlikely, however, and ultimately dangerous, that Jones’ approximately 2 million listeners ― including his most famed fan, President Donald Trump ― were all aware that Jones’ red-faced tirades are for show.
In calling himself a performance artist, Jones is referencing a controversial live art tradition with roots in the 1950s and ‘60s, involving movements like Gutai and Fluxus and individuals like Marina Abramović and Vito Acconci. One of the earliest artists recognized for her performances is Carolee Schneemann, who was recently awarded the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. In one of her most iconic performances, 1975’s “Interior Scroll,” Schneemann stood nude on a table, painted her body with mud, and extracted a scroll from her vagina, from which she proceeded to read.
When asked about Jones’ performance art defense, Schneemann responded swiftly: “I think it’s all a load of crap,” she told The Huffington Post. But ultimately, any attempts to strictly classify what is or is not performance art, she clarified, are futile.
more recommended stories
Alph Lukau’s visit to Zimbabwe marred by fake resurrection stint
The much anticipated visit to Bulawayo.
Harare girl suspended at work for a flirty Valentines day message to all men
Things turned horribly wrong on Monday.
Soul Jah Love court trial continues
The trial of Soul Jah Love,.
South African police arrest prophet Shepherd Bushiri and wife for money laundering
PRETORIA, South Africa – Prophet Shepherd.
Dancehall star, Enzo Ishall dumps the allegedly abusive wife
IT appears dancehall star, Enzo Ishall.
Former First Lady Grace Mugabe’s sons dated same girl
United Kingdom based model, Tapiwa Sithole,.
Prominent Pastor undressed in public by two girlfriends
The other woman, who had a.
Step Inside The Technicolor World Of The International Church Of Cannabis
Caution: May induce a “transcendental experience.”
The First House Antoni Gaudí Ever Designed Is Now An Incredible Museum
It’s no Sagrada Família, but it.
Native American Art Gets Its Rightful Place In The Metropolitan Museum Of Art
This is a historic and long.
Happy 50th Anniversary To ‘The Outsiders,’ The Book That Created A Genre
At 15 years old, S.E. Hinton.
34 Poets Of Color Summarize 2017 In Verse
If 2017 was a poem, what.