Stephen Colbert on a Soup Can?

Stephen Colbert - Colbert's StephensedApparently there are some odd happenings going on in the Big Apple lately. Large posters of what looks to be Campbell’s Soup cans are appearing in rather conspicuous places such as public mailboxes and the walls of private businesses on what would ordinarily be a typical New York city street. But upon closer inspection these aren’t Campbell’s Soup cans at all.  They are deliberate works of vandalism! Instead of the traditional label “Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup,” these cans instead are labeled “Colbert’s Stephensed Manhattan Clam Chowder” and include a postscript “An irony rich mouthful.” Additionally, there is an image of Colbert’s stare where the Campbell’s medallion is traditionally placed. It is unclear as to who posted these posters but theory has it that it has something to do with a November 17, 2008 Colbert Report Episode about a Soup War between Campbell’s and Progresso (see video below).

Colbert's Stephensed Manhattan Clam Chowder: An irony rich mouthful

Photo by heyitscat

While these posters may have been inspired by the artistic stylings of such great pop artists as Andy Warhol, they are no doubt an infringement on private property. Isabel Thompson, 24, agrees. In an interview with Washington Square News, she explained, “Sure, this is vandalism,” and then said absolutely nothing else about anything. So don’t try to be smart and do your due diligence and click on the link to the WSN article because she didn’t say anything else that would reflect differently on the situation.

Nevertheless, some people seem to find this sort of “art” amusing. “I love it,” Jordan Crosely, 26, said in the same WSN article. “It’s so him.” And even though she’s a graffiti-loving hippie she is right in that this is exactly what Colbert is all about. This guy loves to see himself immortalized in some sort of art. He even forced his “Colbert Nation” to create hundreds if not thousands (maybe millions – we didn’t actually check or anything) to slave over canvases for who knows how long – some say decades (but again we’ve been soooo busy lately that the whole fact-checking thing hasn’t been a priority).

Then he had the gall to sell one of his self-portraits that hung above his Colbert Report fireplace. “Portrait 5, Stephen(s)” which was also “touched up” by well-known artists Frank Stella, Shepard Fairey and Andres Serrano, sold for $26,000 at Simon de Pury‘s “Under the Influence” auction and even though Colbert donate the money to charity, it was really all about his ego.

Even Fairey saw this and interpreted his understanding of this into “Portrait 5, Stephen(s).” Fairey explained to Colbert, “I changed the meaning of the piece to serve my agenda but at the same time made you’re agenda as an omnipotent quasi-fascist orator and shaper of our politics and culture that much more obvious as manipulation.”

What was Colbert’s response? “Thank you for the quasi.”


The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Soup War
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive
The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Exclusive – Steve Martin Extended Segment
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive
Enhanced by Zemanta