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From Thursday's Globe and Mail

To win in this new competitive form of performance art, contestants must have no inhibitions and no shame ...Read the full article

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  1. Celine Brown from Canada writes: Another high watermark.
  2. Elizabeth Montgomery from Calgary from Canada writes: We need to know about this? What other private moments can people fake on stage? The bathroom comes to mind.

    I guess these people gave up on learning how to do Shakespeare.
  3. Montgomery C. Burns from Springfield, Canada writes: Beats a date with the twins (Palmela and Wristina)!

    ROFLMAO
  4. BoB ImamI from Canada writes: ..//

    Stupid... some editor thought this was newsworthy... think about that.

    ..//
  5. Alfred 28 from Canada writes: For Christ's Sake..........Disgusting!
  6. David Roberts from GTA, Canada writes: If someone can crap in a bowl, put it on display and call it art then why not this?
  7. kat i from Whitby, Canada writes: And popular opinion says only women fake orgasms?! I'll be sure to miss it.
  8. Liam Smith from Canada writes: David Roberts from GTA, Canada writes: If someone can crap in a bowl, put it on display and call it art then why not this?
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    Just because somebody calls it art, doesn't mean it is. Words are just representative symbols. Attaching the symbol to something does not necessarily mean it represents that something accurately.
  9. Rick C from Calgary, Canada writes: The bar just keeps getting lower and lower.
  10. Montgomery C. Burns from Springfield, Canada writes: This is as much as an art form as that idiot Canadian art student who vomited on paintings.
  11. Jan Burton from Toronto, Canada writes: 'Art' is a term that has long ALL meaning. As this case shows.
  12. Chris S from Canada writes: If you don't like it, don't watch.

    But some of us are sick and tired of a symbolically sexualized society pretending that sex is a bad thing--or have you missed the mixed messaging of fake sex/moralizing in advertising? I say play on, and play it loud. Sex has been one of the most fundamental acts performed by creatures since the dawn of time (literally--at least until medicine allowed us to have babies without it), and yet we are 'disgusted,' 'infuriated,' and 'struck dumb' by it? Ridiculous.
  13. mike r from Southern Ontario, Canada writes: Wow, what uptight reactions by so many thus far! Is this contest dumb? juvenile? Absolutely! But that's the point!! Debating this as high art is ridiculous! Is karaoke considered on par with works of artistic genius? I wouldn't say so, but to some (myself included) it's a lot of fun to perform! I consider this on par with that, some will like it others won't. I agree with Chris S there's nothing wrong with sex, and personally I find nothing wrong with this. And if you don't like it it's simple, don't go! As for this as an article I got a laugh out of reading it, but it's certainly more a human interest story than some deep insight into the current news of the day. But does everything always have to be so serious to some? The news, art, stupid contests people can enter into...there IS something to be said about just having fun every once and a while, and I think that's the point of this whole 'Air Sex' contest.
  14. Frank The Tank from Argentina writes: No wonder why they are 'starving artists'.

    Anyone who participates in this is a LOOOOOSER!
  15. J. R. from Halifax, Canada writes: Good to see that our posters have such a well developed sense of humour. No one is claiming that this is serious art, and I'm willing to bet peoples who's nuanced put downs consist of yelling 'loser' would laugh heartily (sorry, not sure what the clever internet slang is that) at the same thing if it was shown on South Park.
  16. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: It's hard to imagine anything more stupid, but I suppose there are 'artists' working on it.
  17. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: mike r from Southern Ontario, Canada writes: Wow, what uptight reactions by so many thus far! Is this contest dumb? juvenile? Absolutely! But that's the point!! Debating this as high art is ridiculous!

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    That's what people are saying. Pay attention.
  18. B W from Canada writes: I think this would be hilarious to watch - potentially awkward - but likely quite amusing. As long as the stuffy posters above don't show up :)
  19. Sue City from Ottawa, Canada writes: haha - I'm hitting youtube for some clips.
  20. Blade Runner from Canada writes: Why don't they move this performance in a church and make it that much better?
  21. Darphin Cofa from Toronto, Canada writes: Ummmmm, Gross....
  22. Dan P from Calgary, Canada writes: Lighten up, folks. Looks like good, silly fun!
  23. Jimmy K from Toronto, Canada writes: How is this different than the Bulwer-Lytton contest or the British Bad Sex writing contest?

    I don't see the big deal - this sounds hilarious in fact, especially as performance art goes. If you find the idea of someone dressed as Dubya having his way with a plastic globe offensive, you probably voted for him (if you're American) or for his bum-boy Harper (if you're Canadian), in which case you should probably stay home, knaw on some jerky and watch reruns of Dave Devall or professional bull riding.

    Have a nice day, y'all.
  24. snowy lander from Edmonton, Canada writes: Hey Bob - No one put a gun to your head and made you read it. You're always on the boards whining and complaining. Go out and get some 'air'. You might feel better.
  25. Fred Leslie from Vancouver, Canada writes: Thanks Mike Z from Saskatoon. I will never be able to think of my table saw the same way again.

    I'm going to go rip some boards.
  26. Gill Bates from Wroxton SK, Canada writes: That's not something I'd be interested in, it sounds rather boring to me. What I find incredible is the vitriolic posts here. I wonder what these people would say about something really important. The sad part is, maybe nonsense like Air Sex is important to them.
  27. Roger Cooper from Canada writes: We need a Parliamentary inquiry to investigate this!
  28. Valkyrie 23 from Guelph, Canada writes: Hahaha - what's the big deal? How is it disgusting? It's not as if the people are hurting anyone, and there isn't any nudity. It's not really in my taste to watch that kind of thing, but I don't see anything wrong with it. People can do what they want. Congrats to the G&M for actually discussing something sexually deviant. But I would guess, based on the comments here, that the stereotype is true: Canada is just full of prudes.
  29. mike r from Southern Ontario, Canada writes: Another Vicious Kick: from some of the responses it seems some posters are saying 'this is NOT art' because they're comparing it to some high standard of art that exists. My point is it's nothing even worthy of that comparison! This is just something stupid, silly and there simply to be fun for those interested in taking part. I still think some people are taking this whole thing a bit too seriously though, and some posts sound rather prudish in nature. I guess I just didn't realize how taboo sex still remains in our society....

    Anyways I agree with those who feel this is pretty funny, and don't see anything wrong with this at all. To each their own!
  30. oldgal 67 from London, Canada writes: Sure, let everyone amuse themselves in whatever way they want - no problem with that. The problem is that the promoters invariably allow news of such behaviour to slop over into the public space so that all are exposed. This article is a perfect example. Any youngster trying to keep up to date on current affairs is likely to sneak a peak when Daddy's not looking - curious little monkeys that they are.
    Remember when girlie magazines were not on public view? Now little boys and girls are exposed to explicit cover photographs at an early age. Remember when intelligent advertisers policed themselves? Now we have mothers having to explain to 7-year girls what 'pimp' means when they see it on a beer billboard.
    Remember when sex was reserved for adults? Now our children learn about it not from their parents, not even from their peers in the school yard but from people promoting practices that not everyone agrees should be widely known to children.
    Isn't it time the grown-ups grew up and kept their petty little perversions to themselves?
    Shame on the Globe and Mail for joining the pack of hyenas.
  31. Western Girl from Canada writes:
    The real sex act itself is pretty damn funny when you think about it. This sounds like it's just poking fun at something society's blown up into A Very Big Deal (hence all the outrage on this forum from those who still think sex is dirty and shameful.) People aren't actually having sex on stage, for crying out loud. It's not where my entertainment dollars would go, but I don't go to karaoke contests either...
  32. Alban Leurk from Ottawax, Canada writes: Canadians excel at faking...
  33. John Johnson from Canada writes: Sounds like a fun couples game at mixed house party! Behind closed doors of course!
  34. justice peace from burnaby, Canada writes: I have always thought candidates for leader or the king and queen of canada should be comedians then at least we would all be entertained but i now open it to all nut bars. It would be up lifting to see something like this at the next world meeting rather than just missing a photo op.
  35. Montreal Guy from Canada writes: I'm sorry but this is newsworthy because .. ?

    I don't think it's gross or disgusting but rather a waste of time.

    Next.
  36. Louis Elias from Canada writes: ?
  37. J. R. from Halifax, Canada writes: Montreal Guy from Canada writes: 'I'm sorry but this is newsworthy because .. ?'

    BoB ImamI from Canada writes: 'Stupid... some editor thought this was newsworthy... think about that.'

    No one, including the writer or the editor, is claiming this is newsworthy. It's in the Life/Arts section. Are going to complain that the movie reviews, wine reviews and BBQ chicken recipes lack journalistic merit as well? You always have the choice not to read it.
  38. Kim Philby from Canada writes: Having worked my poor fingers to the bone for decades trying to be a good guitar player, I thought praising people for pretending to be guitarists was bad enough. Now this...
  39. Outlier in Calgary from Calgary, Canada writes: I'll pass. I'm still waiting for the new Wii game J*ckoff Mario which will compete with this...ummm...entertainment.
  40. farmer girl from Canada writes: WOW! Some people have no sense of Sexual Fantasy!!! Loosen up a bit. I bet you will be happier. This is great. I think people need to take time from the every day grind and do something fun, and hey, maybe you will even get some ideas, and learn some new tricks! Kudos!
  41. Jim Cohoon from Chilliwack, Canada writes: This is another culturally interesting example of how the sexual impulses when in partnership with profane impulses increasingly become transformed into a self-destructive 'death-wish' -- i.e., in spiritual, moral or 'existential' terms (or even suicidal impulses). We are living in a narcissistic culture that is also becoming a culture of general profane disrespect, which is subconsciously similar to a culture of self-contempt. To mock sex is ultimately to mock life and thus one's very soul. Camille Paglia once wrote that 'In sex, man is driven into the very abyss from which he flees.' Sounds very 'existential', like Sartre: 'A good part of our life is passed in plugging up holes.... It is only from this standpoint that we can pass on to sexuality ... because sex is a hole.' Of course, it is of great existential importance (for individuals and civilizations) what we use to fill that 'hole' -- i.e., with something sacred or something profane. To one degree or another, there is an existential 'sickness' on display here. How deep this profane attitude to sex (and life) ultimately goes will determine whether we are digging our own 'hole' as a civilization. To use an edited quote from Jacques Ellul: 'What you are preparing the way for ... is a human being who is disgusted with sex, who will no longer have the slightest idea what love is.... You are taking from them the passion for love.... [T]hen they will develop a passion for death. These are the only two passions possible.'
  42. Winston Churchill from London, Canada writes: Man. It takes me about six beers before I'm comfortable playing Guitar Hero in front of people. Never done Karaoke. Don't think I could: I'd be blind before I was in the right mental state.

    To be shameless enough to do this, I'd have to be comatose. I guess my performance would have to be entitled 'Queen Victoria's Wedding Night'. The curtain would rise. I'd be spreadeagle on the stage. Ten minutes would pass. I'd roll over and vomit, and then roll back again. Curtain descends. Genius.
  43. Voice Of Reason from Toronto, Canada writes: Liam Smith from Canada writes: Words are just representative symbols. Attaching the symbol to something does not necessarily mean it represents that something accurately.

    Hmmm, that sounds like an argument against same-sex marriage.
  44. an individual from Canada writes: I thought the NHL, NBA etc. already had this territory covered.
  45. Oavis Johnson from Winnipeg, Canada writes: There are some really uptight people here. Yes, no doubt the participants look ridiculous while doing the deed. That probably means we all do when doing it for real (though from the sounds of it there are a few here who haven't managed it so far), and that's probably what's making you so angry.

    Also, yes, if you're so certain this wasn't worth writing about, why did you take the time to read about it, and then to comment on it? This isn't a rhetorical question, either - I want an answer.
  46. Tula Tam from Selkirk, MB, Canada writes: Hey, Globe editors,

    you're not the Nat. Post! stop it
  47. Western Girl from Canada writes:
    I think I know what Jim Cohoon desperately needs...
  48. John Smith from Canada writes: farmer girl from Canada writes: WOW! Some people have no sense of Sexual Fantasy!!! Loosen up a bit. I bet you will be happier.

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    I won't speak for the others but actually having sex makes me far happier. And suprisingly, not partaking in stupid performance art seems to increase the frequency of real sex.

    Loosen up and try it sometime farmer girl, you might enjoy it.
  49. Terry F from Edmonton, Canada writes: The headline should read: 'This is a man who will never get laid.'
  50. Mike Sharp from Victoria, Canada writes:

    If that man is having sex, he's doing it wrong.
  51. Mac the Knife from Canada writes: Just another example of the tendency in some humans to explore downwards, the urge to sink to a new level. And then to call it art. Stupid stuff.
  52. TB _YVR from Vancouver, Canada writes: This piece reminded me of the mimed version of the Aristocrats joke, as depicted in the documentary about... the Aristocrats joke.

    That would be a killer entry for this contest.
  53. Sassy Lassie from Canada writes: Please tell me the taxpayer isn't funding this kind of perversion? I thought bath houses and swingers clubs were degrading but to call this kind of public filth art is despicable. No wonder they shrieked when Harper cut funding to the ARTS, absolutely disgusting.
  54. Terry F from Edmonton, Canada writes: Mike Sharp from Victoria, Canada writes:

    If that man is having sex, he's doing it wrong.

    Looks like he's enjoying the 'downward dog.' I don't even want to go there...
  55. Terry F from Edmonton, Canada writes: 'Wet mop on aisle 6.'
  56. Darrin Duell from Canada writes: sounds like a fun party game.. after several pitchers of cocktails of course..
  57. Liam Smith from Canada writes: Dan P from Calgary, Canada writes: Lighten up, folks. Looks like good, silly fun!
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    Perhaps, but art it is not.
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    Voice Of Reason from Toronto, Canada writes: Liam Smith from Canada writes: Words are just representative symbols. Attaching the symbol to something does not necessarily mean it represents that something accurately.

    Hmmm, that sounds like an argument against same-sex marriage.
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    No, I don't really care one way or the other about same sex marriage. I'm just insulted that this is called art.
  58. Liam Smith from Canada writes: Sassy Lassie from Canada writes: Please tell me the taxpayer isn't funding this kind of perversion? I thought bath houses and swingers clubs were degrading but to call this kind of public filth art is despicable. No wonder they shrieked when Harper cut funding to the ARTS, absolutely disgusting.
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    You sound like an idiot. As usual. It's hardly filth. It's just stupid. And frankly, I don't think I'd take my cues from you as to what art actually is.
  59. Mike Sharp from Victoria, Canada writes:

    'Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers!'
  60. Eva M from Canada writes: Outlier in Calgary from Calgary, Canada writes: I'll pass. I'm still waiting for the new Wii game J*ckoff Mario which will compete with this...ummm...entertainment.
    _____________________

    I tried the early version of that! It hardly competes-- especially if you're with a group of people.
  61. Puk Natcha from Canada writes: More titillation for people who aren't getting any nookie.
    BTW, fcuking is way more fun then 'having sex'.
  62. J. Herbert MuffinFluffer from Moosehorn Mb., Canada writes:
    ' Montgomery C. Burns from Springfield, Canada writes: Beats a date with the twins (Palmela and Wristina)!'

    ... don't forget hAn(d)gela.
  63. M B from Canada writes: No doubt this ranks up there with federal government arts funding of the infamous 'meat dress' or the 3-striped coloured $ 90K painting that a 4 year old could draw. Honestly Globe & Mail - shouldn't this be saved for weekend arts section of some obscure newspaper insert?
  64. Hee Hoo Sai from Canada writes: Sounds like th cbc is staging auditions for a series about how it really feels about the Canadian tax payer. Nothing for something and the chicks flee.
  65. Chris S from Canada writes: Jim Cohoon: art has always mocked life. Always. Sartre knew that, so you've clearly missed something.

    Along those lines, I think almost everybody posting needs to look up the definition of 'art' before they start opining. This is most certainly art, even if people are inclined to reduce it to 'silliness' or some other description. It isn't even necessarily comedy (which I assume is what people mean when they write 'silly'), though comedy also has very serious critical undertones (and is thus art, too). Art is creative and critical. Most of all, it is expository.

    Considering that sex is already a 'performance,' I fail to see the disconnection happening between article and responders.
  66. Conservatives Lie from Canada writes: This reminds me of hazing rituals. What a disgrace. People who organize this crap should be publically flogged.
  67. Tinfoil Hatt from G-spot, Canada writes:
    Conservatives Lie from Canada writes: This reminds me of hazing rituals. What a disgrace. People who organize this crap should be publically flogged.

    Absolutely. I couldn't agree more.
    Because public expressions of violence are so much more acceptable than public expressions of sexuality. God forbid that my son should be distracted from his ultra-violent video games by pernicious pantomimes of palpitating pelvises.

    But the punishment should fit the crime. Maybe they could be 'air flogged'. Or 'air water-boarded'. Or have ' air bamboo' inserted under their fingernails. Just so long as the agony they feel is every bit as real as our feelings of disgust.

    Or maybe those of us who don't like it could just avert our horrified gaze.

    ...
  68. Chris Lalonde from Singapore writes: I sure it would be really embarrassing if the 'artist' fails to perform...
  69. Real Westerner from Canada writes: This society has gone for $hit what next sheep , chickens And they call this art no wonder the taxpayer is fed up paying for 'the arts'
  70. Eat Your Weedies from Canada writes: Will the wonders of indecency never cease?
  71. Triple step from Canada writes: As long as my tax dollars aren't subsidizing it, go for it!
  72. Crystal Glass from Canada writes: I think it sounds like a fun date night. My husband and I might go when it does hit the El Mocambo. Seriously, does no one have a sense of humour anymore??
  73. Zoe Morrow from Canada writes: Boring. Watching a man having sex is about as interesting as watching paint dry.
  74. Alistair McLaughlin from Canada writes: We all start out with air sex. Most of us graduate.
  75. Regina Phallange from Canada writes: Like many, I don't see why anyone would want to pay to go see this.
    BUT, I think it's great that we live in a society which lets us choose for ourselves.
    How many countries around the world (and probably a few localities in the western world too) would outlaw this 'art' and severely punish its creators and audience.
    Hooray for freedom!
  76. H M K from Winnipeg, Canada writes: One poster comments:

    "Because public expressions of violence are so much more acceptable than public expressions of sexuality. God forbid that my son should be distracted from his ultra-violent video games by pernicious pantomimes of palpitating pelvises."

    I'd have to agree with the irony here; showing dismembered humans, murders, violence, guns, on the news, in movies, TV, video games is somehow absurdly more acceptable than physical expressions of sexuality.

    Ixnay on the violence... bring on the pantomimed sex acts!
  77. King's Knight from Canada writes: In stupidity there is cash.

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