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Banksy Has Updated His Famous 'The Girl With The Balloon' Artwork To Stand With Syria

The Syria crisis hasn't slowed down. Over 100,000 people have died in three years, with thousands of Syrians displaced, many of whom are women and children. But many are still standing with Syria, including the street artist Banksy, who has reworked his famous and popular street artwork of a girl reaching for a red balloon. The original depicted a young girl with flowing hair reaching for a heart-shaped balloon just beyond her grasp. The new version of his classic stencil is a young Syrian girl reaching for a balloon, accompanied by a #WithSyria hashtag — part of a global vigil campaign to mark the three years since the crisis began.Have a look at the following below:1. Banksy's original artwork and the reworked piece, plus his website message in support of #WithSyria.2. Photographs of young Syrian children holding red balloons as part of the #WithSyria campaign.3. Actor Idris Elba with a red balloon supporting the campaign.4. The animated campaign video for #WithSyria with Idris Elba narrating and music by the band Elbow.

Banksy Has Updated His Famous 'The Girl With The Balloon' Artwork To Stand With Syria

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Banksy's original artwork...


...and his new, edited version in support of #WithSyria:

Here is the message Banksy has on his official website, too:

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Photos of Syrian children holding red balloons in the style of Banksy's famous image, taken especially for the campaign:

3. Idris Elba supporting the campaign:

4. The beautiful animated video for the campaign, narrated by Idris Elba and music by Elbow:

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My initial reaction to the first episode was meh. The characters were annoying and the premise was weird (pretentious and previously-filthy-rich family lives in a scuzzy motel in the middle of nowhere??). I felt nothing for the main characters, and I hate shows with horrible main characters that I can't root for. Even predicting that they were going to eventually be transformed by their small town experiences, I didn't see liking them. It didn't grab either of us as worth continuing, so we stopped.

But then I kept hearing people whose taste I trust implicitly talk about how great it was. I know different people have different tastes, but I realized I had to be missing something if these friends of mine raved on and on about it. So we gave it another shot.

It took a bit—I don't know how many episodes exactly, but a bit—to start liking it. Then a bit longer to start really liking it, and then at some point, it became a full-fledged, gushy, where-have-you-been-all-my-life love affair.

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It also helps when someone upends a stereotype by saying or doing something unexpected.

Fair or not, certain parts of the U.S. are associated with certain cultural assumptions, perhaps none more pinholed than the rural south. When we hear Appalachia, a certain stereotype probably pops up in our minds—probably white, probably not well educated, probably racist. Even if there is some basis to a stereotype, we must always remember that human beings can never be painted with such broad strokes.

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