Wearing rubber masks — a nod to Detroit's Hygenic Dress League? — and not much else, two enthusiastic young men prance underneath a Katoi billboard, ecstatic of the news that Detroit is now apparently hiring.
Some choice quotes:
"Come, come to Detroit!"
"Quit your job, join us!"
"New York will suck your soul away!"
One passerby, laughing, says "I feel like I'm fucking stoned!" But don't worry, these guys aren't on drugs. The video was posted to artist Matthew Silver's YouTube channel. "My role as a clown, trickster and village idiot is to parody excessive seriousness by playing with taboos, rules, and social norms," Silver says on his channel's About page. "My inspiration comes from my heart. I perform for smiles and laughter, loosening people's armor, and opening up a portal for imagination, creativity and love."
OK, actually these guys could still be on drugs. But maybe they can still get jobs as ambassadors to Detroit?
Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...