Street Artist Makes Sinister Ebola Artwork
The French graffiti artist Kidult has created a new artwork in Paris, contributing to the global dialogue on the outbreak of the Ebola virus, according to Complex.
Kidult’s latest, controversial work appropriates the Coca-Cola logo changing its letters to spell “Ebola.” It also features the American soft drink manufacturer’s slogan “Enjoy.” The addition of the phrase “Made in USA” suggests that the artist, who is known for his social commentary, seems to be supporting a sinister conspiracy theory.
Kidult appears to be referencing an article written by a Delaware State University Professor Cyril Broderick entitled Ebola, AIDS Manufactured By Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?, published in the Liberian newspaper the Daily Observer.
The article, which the Washington Post labeled “Wildly speculative and conspiratorial,” alleges that the US Department of Defense manufactured the Ebola virus and spread it in West Africa through a vaccine testing program. A Delaware State University spokesman has since clarified that “He’s [Broderick] a plant scientist and there’s no research like that relating to pathogens and viruses taking place in Delaware State University.”
This is not the first time that Kidult has used his art to make statements on contemporary social issues. He gained notoriety by vandalizing several designer boutiques to draw attention towards the dangers of excessive consumerism.
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