Sunday, October 9, 2016

[Updated] Noted


You've probably seen those stenciled ads for the new Green Day record (the band's 12th!) on sidewalks and plywood seemingly everywhere.

An EVG reader wondered if the marketing folks could have spared putting three of them on the fence outside St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery ...


Updated 5 p.m. 10/10

Several readers sent emails to the Green Day Fan Club ... and they responded:

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, it is being removed immediately.
Thank You,
Green Day - Idiot Nation Team

As of 4:45 p.m... the stenciled ads were still on the church's fence...



Updated 5:45 p.m. 10/11



Updated 10/12



Updated 10/13

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry.. I was only stenciling walls I could reach up to
-Billie Joe

cmarrtyy said...

Whoever did this should be arrested. They should at least clean it and make a donation to the church. How sad and desperate. There are companies that do this kind of advertising... scagging and spraying. Maybe somebody in the music business knows who they are. And then we'll ask Greed Day to clean it up.

Anonymous said...

Boooo!
booooooo!

Anonymous said...

Next time they come back to the east village, we should thank them by spray painting their tour van....

Anonymous said...

Corporate rockers aren't fooling anyone with their pathetic spray paint. I used to kind of like this band but a long time ago before they decided to become U2 Lite.

Hywel Dda II said...

So send them an email & tell them what you think of this vandalism.


info@gdidiotnation.com

Matthew has 2 T's, dumbass said...

ooooh thats so punk rock !

Anonymous said...

As someone who has actually street teamed for bands in this neighborhood, I find this treatment horrifying. We would NEVER in a million years spray paint in front of a sacred space. The streets themselves are open game (in most cases) because foot traffic wears the paint off in a month or so. It's sad that they think this illegal advertising is something that fans support. It's ugly and unnecessary. However, the band probably has far fewer fans at this point and need to do some heavy outreach, but no doubt about it——this is blatant vandalism and should be reported as such. It shouldn't be too difficult to figure out who was doing this; just charge the record label.

Giovanni said...

Maybe they don't realize it, but they vandalized a graveyard. Some very famous people are buried there, including Peter Stuyvesant and Daniel Tompkins. That's a big no no,

NOTORIOUS said...

Hywel, I sent them the following email earlier:


Subject: Green Day street team vandalized historic NYC church
To: info@gdidiotnation.com

Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the right email address to use but I thought someone might be able to forward this info to the appropriate person.

Over the weekend someone promoting the new Green Day album in NYC took it upon themselves to vandalize the historic St Marks Church with a promotional message.

http://evgrieve.com/2016/10/noted_49.html

I'm not a religious person in the least bit but I find this repetitiously spray painted ad on a historic landmark to be pretty awful. It's bad enough we have real estate developers destroying everything they can get their hands on but now we have to worry about the overzealous street teams of punk bands tagging historical sites?

If you could please forward this email to anyone who could not only hold these people accountable but also prevent them from repeating this idiocy, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,"

Hywel Dda II said...

I received a reply:

"Thank you for bringing this to our attention, it is being removed immediately.

Thank You,
Green Day - Idiot Nation Team"

Let's hope it means more than a tRump apple-agy.

Anonymous said...

Green Day = rehashed Joe Jackson and the Clash

cmarrtyy said...

Thank you Haywel Dda VII. We have to act as one to live an unmolested life in the EV today.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

"It is being removed immediately" - or so they say! Can anyone confirm if it has been removed?

Hywel Dda II said...

Yes, this morning at 9 am, they were painted over with what appeared to be paint - but it matched the stone well.

While I am pleased that this was done and done quickly, I am still wearied by the fact that to too many, our neighborhood has become a playground where childish, thoughtless, self-absorbed behavior is the norm.

Anonymous said...

I guess Green Day has nothing to do with being green.

NOTORIOUS said...

American idiots! Their ads are dookie.

Anonymous said...

Wow no apology, real cool. Fuck this band and the people who work for them. And who commissioned them to paint over the stencil? Certainly not the church.

Whoever got that reply should forward it to the church so the church can have their lawyer send a letter to Green Day's lawyer requesting that Green Day pay for the removal of the stencils or self-commissioned paintover (as that looks as bad as if not even worse than the stencils cuz it says "we had to paint over something" and it's defacement.) Tell them they have a week to remove the stencil or pay for the church-commissioned paintover with proper paint and if they don't, they'll be sued.

Anonymous said...

Whoever claimed that the act of vandalism had been "painted over with paint matching the wall" had incorrect information, still there when i walked by at 10:25am.

Anonymous said...

I agree it wasn't the best idea but...the level of outrage is ridiculous. It's okay to park Citi Bikes in front of historic cemeteries but this (removable) writing has people apoplectic.