The Miracle of the Internet: Art Imitates Pepper Spray


In the anything-is-possible world of the Internet it’s inevitable that the pepper spraying incident at the University of California at Davis would quickly be transmogrified. The officer in the November 18 incident now finds himself in works by Michaelangelo, Edouard Manet, Leonardo Da Vinci, Boticelli, Walt Disney, Van Gogh and Delacroix — to name a few.  “Occupy Art,” someone calls it. 

(Editor’s Note: Several subscribers write favorably of Sponge Bob’s spraying.  Best sign at the UC Davis campus protest of November 21 — “Say it, Don’t Spray It.”)

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  1. Now this piece is terrific! John

    Comment by john mockler — 11.22.2011 @ 3:07 pm

  2. My favorite is the cop spraying Forrest Gump on the bench…it’s so cold it’s hilarious…memes are latter day barometers of tolerance…spoofing the cops, for good or ill, keeps things from the violence tipping point of an injured crowd.


    Comment by Robyn Boyer — 11.22.2011 @ 4:36 pm

  3. Interesting – ha, ha, ha! Let us not forget this is not, or should not be an opportunity for “cleverness,” but is a full blown case not of excessive force, but of Assault! And a police force run amok. This creep, and his boss, should be in jail – now! For starters . . .

    Comment by Sandy Carey — 11.22.2011 @ 6:06 pm

  4. Here’s a few more Lt. Pike-inspired masterpieces for you Greg:

    Comment by Mello McGee — 11.23.2011 @ 9:13 am

  5. …spongebob maybe…thumper, now that’s crossing the line…

    Comment by Smokey's gal — 11.23.2011 @ 11:52 am

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