Yeah, I had already read his thing about the mix-up, but I chose to focus on the message of the cartoon instead.
Some would have called this plagiarism and sued Banksy, but Tejaratchi did not. Tejaratchi decided to write the whole situation off as a misunderstanding
The real problem is that the majority of the people won't credit Tejaratchi, but credit it as a completely original Banksy piece since Banksy is the more popular of the two and social media has already spread the incorrect information to the point where it has become known as a Banksy original.
I have no reason to doubt Tejaratchi's explanations that it was a mutual, honest misunderstanding. The backstory about who is more popular and gets accidental credit doesn't particularly interest me.
The real problem to me is the invasive mass media marketing and manufacturing of consent that the cartoon illustrates. As someone that has had my ideas and various works absorbed without attribution from everyone from Mtv to small blogs but is just happy to see my ideas get spread among the zeitgeist - I'm just more interested in the overall message than a perceived or otherwise squabble over proper attribution for political ideas and the like.
I'm just glad the idea is out there and I'm more interested in discussing the ideas, the point of the work in the first place than infighting with like-minded people over who gets credit and other diversions from the real problems we face together as a society under attack by a corporatist right.
The corporatist right denounces solidarity via the mass media they own because they know it's one of their greatest strengths when they utilize it and one of their greatest weaknesses when the rest of society embraces it.
They love it when we squabble and divide ourselves over trite distractions instead of focusing unitedly on the big problems and solutions. They absolutely love it.