Rev. Chris Korda's Aug. 25 performance at the the Lowlands festival in
Biddinghuizen, Netherlands was canceled by the festival promoters, on July 16,
in response to an article which appeared the day before, in the Dutch newspaper
"Dagblad van het Noorden."
Rev. Korda's response to the cancelation.
The first "Dagblad van het Noorden" article, in English (rough translation).
The first "Dagblad van het Noorden" article, in Dutch.
The second "Dagblad van het Noorden" article, in Dutch.
The De:Bug article, in German.
Responses to the De:Bug article.
Watch "I Like to Watch".
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Rev. Korda's response to the cancellation.
It's interesting to see the structure of the entertainment industry exposed. So long as antisocial ideas are only a fashionable pose marketed to youth culture, there's no threat to the corporate sponsors. But when phony rebellion is replaced by extreme art with a serious message behind it, industry moves quickly to protect itself.
"I Like to Watch" is a personal study of corruption and decadence; it shows the extent to which I've been perverted by the inherent voyeurism of mass media. I'm a poisoned mutant, adapted by necessity to an incurably neurotic and destructive society. During my lifetime, tens of thousands of entire species have been exterminated, their genetic information literally erased from the earth. The biological structure of life is being incinerated, in a species holocaust, to supply me with amusement. I'm not only a spectator, I'm a collaborator, subsidizing the war-machine of a declining empire. The earth is a giant cigar, and I'm smoking it. It takes courage to face so much ugliness in myself; I should get a medal for it.