Dash Snow Backlash
Launched by Jewish blogger over tallis photo, erroneously
On Monday, Dash Snow, a 27-year-old artist who was known as much for being the rebel hero of a certain type of debauched downtown New York hipster as for his manic, drug-influenced room-sized installations and found-image photography, was found dead of an apparent overdose in Manhattan’s East Village. Tuesday brought a wave of glowing testimonials from Snow’s newly bereft friends, who talked about his recent efforts to kick his drug habit, about seeing him recently with his toddler daughter, Secret, and, from his art dealer, about his work for impending shows.
Now it’s time for the inevitable backlash, and this morning, Jewish blogger Daniel Sieradski posted an item to Twitter noting that he was “having a hard time feeling sad for dash snow, whose definition of good art included defiling Jewish objects.” Sieradski included a link to an image of a half-torn poster depicting a naked man with a tallis draped over his erect—and apparently Wahlberg-proportioned—member. Except, oops! The poster was actually created by Snow’s artistic collaborator and former roommate Dan Colen, whose first art project amounted to ejaculating over pictures of hip-hop stars taken from magazines. Colen’s father, Sy, an avid fundraiser for Israeli groups, speculated to New York magazine in 2007 that his son, whose family lost dozens of relatives in the Holocaust, was probably just trying to suggest his belief in Jewish procreation. “The penis for him, it’s something sacred,” Colen père told reporter Ariel Levy. “It is the staff of life.”
Related: Dash Snow, East Village Artistic Rebel, Dies at 27 [NYT]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.