June 5, 2023
Candace Owens slammed after comparing Taylor Swift's music to a 'porcelain urinal'

Candace Owens slammed after comparing Taylor Swift’s music to a ‘porcelain urinal’

Candace Owens, no stranger to intense criticism for her bizarre takes, is facing backlash online again this week after posting a video in which she denounces Taylor Swift’s music.

In the video, titled Taylor Swift’s music is not goodOwens took an entire 8 minutes to criticize Swift’s supposed lack of artistic ability, “modern art” and even Queen Bey herself.

She claimed artists like Swift were “too big to fail” and didn’t just ridicule Swift, she also decided to throw BeyoncĂ© under the bus. Owens said BeyoncĂ©’s recent album Renaissance was “anything but a rebirth”.

Rapper and designer Ye’s new best friend said the two artists – both with difficult histories with Ye 🤔 – are simply riding on their former popularity to boost their new projects.

“Like BeyoncĂ©, she hasn’t had a good studio album in a while.”

“Taylor Swift’s last two or three albums have been objectively very bad but she doesn’t know because nobody tells her.”

Owens also had to condemn “modern art” in general, not just vilifying the music of BeyoncĂ© and Swift.

“Modern art is really, really bad. It’s awful, actually. It’s not art at all.”

“What it really is is this huge effort to convince you that dog shit is food. That’s really what’s happened now.”

The “porcelain urinal” comment came from this same line of thought.

Owens quoted a line from an article in Daily Art Magazine on toilet-related art installations titled “Weird & Bizarre: A Toilet as a Work of Art” where the author discussed several toilet-based artworks and installations.

She said after referring to Swift’s words:

“It’s meant to be deep and we’re meant to think about it. Of course journalists love to describe it as enigmatic and there’s a deep message in there.”

“So if you don’t get it, because you shouldn’t get it because it doesn’t make sense, actually the problem is you don’t see the depth of the porcelain urinal, because it’s is a porcelain urinal for music.”

You can see Owens’ comment here:

Taylor Swift’s music is not goodwww.youtube.com

Twitter seemed to largely disagree with Owens.

Some have questioned what metrics she uses to declare Swift’s music “objectively bad.”

Others recognized a tendency for right-wing commentators to pile on Swift.

Some have questioned the timing of Owens’ video, given the recent announcement that Ye was buying the alt-right social media app Parler, whose CEO is Owens’ husband, George Farmer.

Even people who didn’t really like Swift’s new album criticized Owens for his head-turning.

Owens erroneously stated that a “porcelain urinal” was on display at the Guggenheim Museum – most likely referring to Marcel Duchamp Fountainwhich was part of Duchamp Ready to use series in which he intentionally chose ordinary manufactured objects to define them as art. While some of Duchamp’s art is part of the Guggenheim collection, Fountain is not among these coins.

A fully functional 18k solid gold toilet, titled piece America by Maurizio Cattelan, was indeed presented at the Guggenheim from 2016 to 2017. The piece was unfortunately stolen from Blenheim Palace in 2019 and has not been found.

Owens cited a line from the article as the reason “modern art” is ridiculous, completely ignoring its source’s intent to explore the weirdness of toilets as art.

The partial sentence that Owens quoted as endorsing toilets as “art”:

“you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how literally a toilet can have ‘deep’ meaning.”

… was actually quite different if you can see the whole picture:

“Here are the three most famous toilets in art history. They can make you feel strange, uncomfortable, shocked, angry or even disgusted.”

“Perhaps you will despise art or vice versa, you will be pleasantly surprised at how literally a toilet can have ‘deep’ meaning.”

“But I promise it won’t all be just weird and weird.”

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