Posted: May 26, 2011 in 54th Venice Biennale, art, John Wayne is Gay, Sardine and Tobleroni

by Sardine and Tobleroni


John Wayne is the emotional icon of America. He represents the strength, honor and way of the American male and way of living. America seen as an artificial concept built on the idea of one big family headed by the iconic John Wayne. He represents the strong, manly, hard working republican spirit of the white American male who loves America, the big family. He represents the American male or has an immense influence on the construction of the male gender of Americans which we consume via the media, the male character we subconsciously identify ourselves with. His influence might not be obvious at first sight but   is deeply rooted in the minds and hearts of people.

John Wayne starred in many films that built contemporary America and formed the American character fostering soldiers for political and financial wars, giving birth to men and women who blindly absorb ideas of fear causing mass paranoia forgiving past mistakes with great ease because America is one big family. We see the iconic John Wayne however   as an illusion, a lie created by the American government and propaganda machinery. He was in fact a man of fear, never been to war and famous for his racism. He is the very element that America is not supposed to be built on. The iconic John Wayne however is the contradiction.

John Wayne is Gay seeks to unveil the artificial construction of   the American male gender (and subsequently the rest of the world that consumes American culture) and its psyche by transforming the heterosexual nature of the American male (John Wayne) into a stereotypical homosexual male, into its opposite.


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