Chris Burden, controversial performance artist of the seventies, has abruptly quit his teaching job at UCLA after the university’s refusal to suspend a student for using a fake handgun in class as part of a “simulated Russian roulette” performance art piece.
Burden’s the man who allowed himself to be shot in the arm with a .22-caliber rifle in 1971 as an artistic statement on the Vietnam war. He even crucified himself to a Volkswagen in 1974! Now that a student of his one-ups him, he demands his student’s suspension, and Burden himself quits his job after the University balks. I used to have respect for the man’s work, but now? I’m just disgusted. HYPOCRITE!
HYPOCRITIC HACK! Gahhhh!