Gay Art Student Who Promised To Lose His Virginity At Show Did This Instead [NSFW]
Clayton Pettet, a 19-year old London art student, has promoted the loss of his virginity for art since October 2013. The hotly-publicized show was initially scheduled for early January, but was moved to April 2 at the former BBC London headquarters. This time, the show went on as scheduled, but the subject matter on display left many calling Clayton a "hoax" on Twitter afterward.
With 120 audience members packed into the performance space, instead of losing his virginity before them, each was asked to slide a banana into Clayton's mouth.
The booth was very, very small. I crouched to get in. Pettet was sat inside, still in his pants, with two piles of bananas in front of him.
"I am your anal virgin," he said. "You are my partner. Pick up a banana." I immediately started to panic: penetrating a 19-year-old was not on my to-do list tonight, even if it's with a piece of fruit. "Now penetrate with my mouth eight times."
I gratefully slid the banana into Pettet's mouth as he stared me down. Then he took the banana out of my hand, snapped it in two and told me to leave.
Clayton later told Dazed that he never planned to actually have anal sex during the show titled Art School Stole My Virginity.
"I’ve always said I didn’t believe in virginity, so it kind of defeats the point if I’d actually lost my virginity for my art show! It was always about me stealing the word ‘virginity’, rather than having it stolen from me. That’s why I pushed the date back about 75 times. Because of the press the piece got, galleries assumed I was going to trick them and do what everyone thought I was going to do. But I’m not going to give what everyone wants, it’s not the point."
While some compared Clayton's anticipated art show to Keith Haring, plenty complained on Twitter about being "hoaxed."
— Suzanne Zhang (@suzannezhang) April 1, 2014
So disappointed with Clayton Pettet's performance yesterday. Art hoaxes are fine when its though out and creative #ArtSchoolStoleMyVirginity
— Rohit K Dasgupta (@rhitsvu) April 2, 2014
What do you think? Did Clayton beguile the world?
(Images: Willow Garms)