Six degrees

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 April, 2011, 12:00am
 

Banksy (above, maybe) has been the target of art thieves, who have been removing entire sections of wall in Los Angeles adorned with the graffiti artist's stencils. When his work began to fetch high prices, the anonymous artist said on his website: 'I can't believe you morons actually buy this s***.' One of his pieces of art has 'I learnt a valuable lesson from this woman. Moisturise every day' written over an image of deeply wrinkled Mother Teresa ...

The Albanian nun, who believed it was 'the most beautiful gift for a person that he can participate in the sufferings of Christ', eschewed the use of pain-killers in her homes for the dying. A commentator recalled that in one hospice you could 'hear the screams of people having maggots tweezered from their open wounds'. She said once that she 'felt no presence of God whatsoever' in her life. As part of her beatification, the Vatican invited just one hostile witness: author of The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice and self-proclaimed 'antitheist' Christopher Hitchens ...

Hitchens alleges that the nun's main intention was to recruit Catholics and that she lied to donors. He says he 'became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information' and once described the then governor of Texas as 'unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, ...extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things'. He was referring to George W. Bush ...

A former alcoholic, Bush broke more international treaties than any other United States president and was famed for incomprehensible comments such as, 'Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.' It is unclear how much his 2003/04 election campaign benefited from the endorsement of Britney Spears ...

Spears' debut album, ... Baby One More Time, was the biggest selling album by a teenage artist but was marred by controversy over the sexualisation of childhood. Her various missteps since (shaving her head, losing custody of her children, being committed to a psychiatric facility) have been warmly welcomed by celebrity bashers. Perhaps her most publicised faux pas happened when she clambered out of a car, revealing herself to the paparazzi. Also in that car was Paris Hilton ...

Socialite Hilton is frequently cited as an example of how unskilled celebrity reigns in a fame-obsessed world. She has won numerous worst-actress awards and the most sought-after copies of her debut CD, Paris, are those doctored to feature Hilton with a dog's head singing remixed tunes titled Why Am I Famous?, What Am I For? and What Have I Done? These had been smuggled onto British store sales racks by guerrilla stencilist and Oscar-nominated director Banksy.

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