Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Someone is Parodying Jeffrey Deitch on Twitter



from Culture Monster, the LA Times blog:

Who is parodying Jeffrey Deitch on Twitter?
August 16, 2010 | 12:25 pm

Someone on Twitter doesn't like Jeffrey Deitch, and the person has channeled his or her feelings into parody.

Last week, a Twitter account named @FakeDeitch started sending out messages that appear to mimic Deitch, the former gallery owner who recently became the head of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

The tweets include remarks directed toward MOCA staff, Eli Broad and Times art critic Christopher Knight...

As of Monday morning, @FakeDeitch had sent out 44 tweets and amassed a following of 119 Twitter users -- all in less than one week.

It's not known who is behind the @FakeDeitch account on Twitter. An attempt to get the user to reveal his or her identity has so far gone unanswered. A spokesperson for MOCA said that the museum has no connection with the Twitter account.

Twitter guidelines forbid impersonation, but they allow for parody so long as the user makes his or her intent clear.

"In order to avoid impersonation, an account's profile information should make it clear that the creator of the account is not actually the same person or entity as the subject of the parody/commentary," says Twitter policy.

So long as the account follows Twitter rules, "it will generally be free to continue in its parody so long as it doesn't mislead or deceive others."

Update: There are now 57 tweets on the site, which has 193 followers. Here are some of the more notable:

I just realized we don't have any Prop 8-related art @MOCALosAngeles. Someone call Baldessari & tell him to put dots on gay wedding photos.
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@artipsnyc You'll be interested to know that while some NY people thought my taste was tacky, people in LA think it's understated. #iamhome
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Do you think Dan Flavin would mind if we changed his fluorescent lights into tanning lights for the Jersey Shore stars? #JerseyShoreSeason3
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Sorry I haven't been posting more reading from the Holy Book of James Franco, but I'm waiting for the TV movie & I'll link to that.
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I'm still recovering from my weekend. Collectors, I mean, donors here are a curious bunch.
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@cmonstah Tell the hipsters to come to @MOCALosAngeles, a hipster safe zone. If it wasn't for them my gallery would've been a ghost town.
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James said he'd star in the Dennis Hopper film I'm directing. Working title, "An Art Star is Born." We're going to make millions.
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Anyone want to buy a Kehinde Wiley? I need a new car.
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Hello, @KanyeWest, why aren't you returning my call? I have a curatorial opportunity for you.
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Eli just stole my parking spot. It's my space, asshole. I would call you a billionaire douche bag but that would be redundant.
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Do I have to bring my Koons puppy indoors? How do you say that in Spanish? / @latimes Heat wave to hit LA this weekend http://lat.ms/bITskE
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When most people think "museum" they think art. When I think museum, I think profit potential.
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Hey @brooklynmuseum, Is the #WorkofArt exhibition traveling? Need another venue?
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@KnightLAT You need to start being nicer to me. I will own you one day.


Further Update:
303 followers, 94 tweets.

Idea: maybe I should teach Lady Gaga to paint.

I got my paycheck today and it's not pretty. Looks like I need to sell another art work. Anyone want to buy a Barry McGee?

Did I get that audition or not? / @fakeDeitchagent: Just discovered MOCA is nonprofit. Have 2 find out clause for Jeff: he's thinking profit

Just told my staff at @MOCALosAngeles to call me J.D., never refer to me as "museum director" & if my agents calls tell him I'm at the gym.

Got off the phone with my agent. He thinks I should play down "museum director" thing & lose 5 pounds. I said I'm barely a director anyway.

@JetSetGraffiti I think it's great that graffiti-ists think you're artists. Don't worry, I'll make sure you guys are in the gift shop.

In case you're wondering what I meant by "tracing an evolution possible only in LA" in Artist's Museum pr, I mean I can do what I want.

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