You may have seen them on buses around town, the odious Muni ads
that equate Muslims with Nazis and claim that the U.S. government supports anti-Semitism with foreign aid. The ghastly Pamela Geller, she of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, has sponsored several of these provocative ad buys, and Muni claims they have no power to tell a paying customer "no" based on the content of her speech.
So a group of street artists has taken to waging a campaign of joyful, upbeat defacement
, replacing Geller’s stark admonitions against loving thy neighbor with images of Muslim superheroes (like Marvel Comics' Kamala Khan
) and people of different cultures getting along.
I spoke with an anonymous member of Street Cred - Advertising for the People
, the activists behind the defacement. (Their work is, in her preferred nomenclature, “alteration” or “redecoration,” and they see it as a public service.)