Nowhere in even the darkest caverns, deepest valleys, or most serpent-infested seas will you find a locale more frightening than the YouTube comments section. So intrinsically hateful, aggressive, ignorant, and mind-bogglingly nonsensical, the phenomenon has veered quite a ways from its original intended use of sharing ideas and opinions, resulting instead in an endless typhoon of dejection. So imagine if this practice were to be extended to other realms. Say, for instance, the art world. The latest video from BuzzFeed enlightens us unto this nightmare.
Picture an art world wherein Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, and Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory had to deal with anonymous commenters making sexist, homophobic, and otherwise perverse remarks. If Van Gogh and Picasso were rejected as “noobz” and Jackson Pollock was accused of being wasted. Picture that art world… and be glad we don’t have to live in it.