Climate protest: Geldof understands attack on van Gogh image

Irish rock musician and environmentalist Bob Geldof says he understands the tomato soup thrown at a famous painting by Vincent van Gogh in London.

Climate protest: Geldof understands attack on van Gogh image

Irish rock musician and environmentalist Bob Geldof says he understands the tomato soup thrown at a famous painting by Vincent van Gogh in London. "The climate activists are 1000 percent right, and I support them 1000 percent," the 71-year-old told Radio Times.

It was smart to throw tens of millions of euros at the Sunflowers painting, knowing it was protected by a pane of glass. "It's offensive to destroy van Gogh's genius. It's useless," Geldof said. But the action was just annoying. "And annoying is all right."

On October 14, two activists from the organization Just Stop Oil threw the contents of two cans of tomato soup at the picture of the Dutch artist in the National Gallery in London. "What is worth more, art or life?" said one of the women. The frame of the painting is said to have been damaged during the action. The women are therefore accused of property damage.

Geldof said he was stopped by protests by Extinction Rebellion while driving through London recently. The Boomtown Rats frontman said he was totally pissed off. "But I wasn't railing against them. I was like, 'If I were 18, would I be there? And the answer is yes.' Geldof emphasized: "You don't kill anyone. Climate change does."

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