This post is NSFW or kids. Or your blood pressure.

Street artist David Choe is an asshole. On a recent podcast, the Los Angeles-born-and-based graffiti artist, who has hobnobbed with Anthony Bourdain and Heidi Fliess and spent time in a Japanese jail for beating up a security guard, boasted that he’d forced a massage therapist’s head down on his penis and ejaculated in her mouth because

she said yes with her eyes

after he touched

 her butt and she pulls away.

The forced oral copulation occurred after Choe coerced her to pour oil on his penis and stroke it. The whole podcast is below, and this foul part starts at 1:13. It’s appalling and disgusting. And he knows it. Choe said

I just want to make it clear that I admit that that’s rapey behavior. But I am not a rapist.

That’s like being a little pregnant, scumbag. Under California law, rape is

an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person..where it is accomplished against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the person or another…The essential guilt of rape consists in the outrage to the person and feelings of the victim of the rape. Any sexual penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the crime.

In the original podcast, Choe says what he did was part of his “erection quest”–his search for a really good boner:

It’s dangerous and it’s super self destructive. I’m at a place and there’s potential for a lawsuit…I would have been in a lot of trouble right now if I put her hand on my dick and she’s like, ‘Fucking stop I’m gonna go call security. That would have been a much different story. But the thrill of possibly going to jail, that’s what achieved the erection quest.

Oh but now that the internets are heating up with rage–because there are many, many chivalrous guys online as well as many women, all of whom are disgusted by this story–Choe has turned it around and issued this statement:

We create stories and tell tales. It’s not a news show. It’s not a representation of my reality. It’s not the place to come for reliable information about me or my life. It’s my version of reality, it’s art that sometimes offends people. I’m sorry if anyone believed that the stories were fact. They were not!

Yes he just says he was joking and “story telling.” There’s a lot of stuff that’s funny, but rape isn’t. Here’s Choe’s explanation:

I never thought I’d wake up one late afternoon and hear myself called a rapist. It sucks. Especially because I am not one. I am not a rapist. I hate rapists, I think rapists should be raped and murdered.

I am an artist and a storyteller and I view my show DVDASA as a complete extension of my art.

If I am guilty of anything, it’s bad storytelling in the style of douche.

So either he’s a rapist or he’s a liar who lies about forcing sex on a woman, and thinks that making up stories about rape is cool. And either way, he’s a not a man. David Choe is an insult to all men. He is an insult to men who treat women with dignity and respect and courtesy. He is an insult to men who treat women, whether they are masseuses, strippers, sex workers or “nice girls” with basic decency that goes with the social interaction, whether paid for or not. I pray his dick shrivels, his balls wither and his sex drive drives up along with wall space, safe passage on the streets, and any and all corporate sponsorships.

Actually that latter part may be happening faster than maybe-rapey Choe can say”just kidding”: Vice, who is one of Choe’s clients was queries by Buzzfeed about whether they would continue working with him. Vice replied

We are looking into it.

Hopefully any corporation will now not even have to think twice about skipping over Choe for work (and maybe the White House will take down the Choe art work hanging there; Choe painted a portrait of Barack Obama for use in a grassroots street art campaign during the 2008 election). There are many great street artists out there–ones who are respectful towards everyone, male, female, LGBTQ and straight. Non-rapey, non-creepy, non-scummy. And talented. Very talented.

Street artists have a hard time of it. Their art is misunderstood, and allegations of criminality can overshadowed the fine work done by urban artists. So when a successful, corporately sponsored street artist admits to a disgusting crime, far worse than decorating a cement wall, it further tarnishes a genre that is striving for respectability.

I auppose one could argue that I’m being thought-policey, that if Choe wants to tell stories about being creepy maybe-rapey that’s his right. If he wants to make up stories that make him look like a dirtbag scum who forces women to blow him so that he can feel empowered on his podcast, that’s his right. And it’s equally the right of others to mock him, shun him and send the hounds of hell upon him  for even “joking” that the type of behavior in his “storytelling” is something to be lauded.

HT: xoJane