The mysterious group of people who replaced the American flags at the top of the Brooklyn Bridge with bleached versions last week remains unidentified. But one unlikely candidate has stepped forward to claim responsibility. No, not Jasper Johns.
Reverend Bud Green, a marijuana activist and self-proclaimed anarchist whose Twitter profile encourages followers to “smoke the bud and overthrow the fucking right wing government,” told the New York Post that, basically, he directed a group of anarchists to replace the flags as a stunt.
“I came up with the idea,” he said. “We’re trying to shake people up. Nobody else has the balls to do this.”
Green, real name Norm Lebau, said that the group did it for the lulz, but also because America and also inequality, you know? The team originally aimed to climb the bridge a second time to replace the bleached flags with ones featuring hemp leaves, just to really complete that dorm room look.
“We wanted to put together a big media thing,” he said. “We were hoping it would fade out after a couple days. But it really shocked people… It’s a political statement. Like wiping your ass with the American flag.”
[Insert joke about bong rips here, maaaaan.]
Green also posted a dubious manifesto on his blog, where he also claimed that the flags were part of his future Presidential run:
Please smoke the Peace Pipe with the holy herb and rebel against the military industrial complex and the evil one percent. That is the meaning of why we put up the bleached American Flags. Remember to recite the new Pledge of No Allegiance.
Yeah, sure. The easy riff here is about stoners being too disorganized to pull off a prank like that, but don’t be too sure. After all, the High Times softball team regularly mops the floor with its competitors.