Just when you thought the hipster backlash couldn’t possibly reach a more elevated zenith, a building owner named Jaquim Gomez goes on a tirade about a Wes Anderson-inspired mural recently put up on the side of an abandoned property he owns. The twist? Turns out the creator of the mural is a Bushwick native of Hispanic descent.
The artist, Juana Reyes, a 23-year-old who has spent most of her life in the same apartment on Wyckoff Avenue was surprisingly calm and rational in her response to Gomez’s rant, which consisted of such vitriolic statements as, “Only a fucking hipster would have the sense of entitlement required to vandalize someone’s building without permission and then call it art.”
In her most Gandhi lilt, Reyes replied, “I guess I can see why Gomez would make the assumption that I’m white. After all, only white people get hard for Wes Anderson movies, but it’s almost more racist to assume that I, as a Hispanic, couldn’t possibly be responsible for creating something white or hipster-oriented.” As of now, there are no plans for the mural’s removal. But who knows? Maybe its replacement by a Tyler Perry-influenced piece of art would be deemed less controversial.
Written by Genna Rivieccio