With the current and prior media-buzz about the conspiracies and allegations surrounding Pizzagate, it is not uncommon for those within the art community to become curious upon what it’s all about if they do not already.
Pizzagate is in reference to the alleged conspiracy in connection to the original restaurant (that ignited it all) Comet Ping Pong. A pizzeria and concert venue located at 5037 Connecticut Avenue NW in Wachington, D.C’s Chevy Chase neighborhood. The restaurant was founded in 2006 by Alefantis and Carole Greenwood, and consists of artwork along the inside of the walls and the exterior of the restaurant.
At first, Comet Ping Pong confronted challenges: supporters whined that the pizzas were excessively costly and that its serving of mixed greens selection was too small. The eatery changed its menu and would discover a specialty in the gourmet pizza marketwithin the D.C. territory. Greenwood filled in as the gourmet pizza chef of the two restaurants; she left her position as official cook and co-proprietor in 2009 referring to critical family matters and other individual interests. The Washington City Paper’s Tim Carman in 2009 felt that both Comet and Buck’s Fishing and Camping had figured out how to prevail without Greenwood.
The artwork affiliated with Pizzagate can be at times very explicit, including depictions of naked people in a colorful and juvenile way. The artwork presented in mural form around the exterior and interior of Comet Ping Pong is considered by the masses to be a “haven for weirdos” and often depicts what some would consider to be disturbing portrayal of infantile figures.
The conspiracy theory had arisen during the firefight between the two candidacies in the 2016 United States Presidential election. On October 30, 2016, a Twitter account included a claim in display of the New York City Police Department discovering the existence of a pedophilia ring linked to members of the Democratic Party. Not long after, the allegations spread around the entire internet after a post on Reddit several days before the 2016 US presidential election.
In Turkey, the conspiracy was reported by pro-government newspapers. Some of the Pizzagate’s proponents have evolved the conspiracy into a much broader government spectrum called “Pedogate”.
Since early November, many people associated with Comet Ping Pong, and also the proprietors and staff of close-by organizations, have gotten endless passing dangers and a torrent of online provocation, all propelled by the Pizzagate conspiracy. Beginning from 4chan, asserting that Hillary Clinton and her previous crusade seat, John Podesta, run a tyke trafficking ring based at the eatery. (In a related claim, a similar message asserted that Clinton and Podesta took an interest in Satanic ceremonies with Marina Abramović.)
On December 4, 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, strolled into the eatery with a self-loading rifle, and discharged three rounds inside the building before being captured; nobody was harmed. Notwithstanding the AR-15 style rifle, police grabbed a Colt .38-gauge handgun, a shotgun, and a collapsing blade from Welch’s automobile and person. Welch advised police that he wanted to “self-examine” the paranoid notion, and was accused of assault with an unlawful weapon, conveying a gun without a permit, unlawful discharge of a gun, and carrying a rifle or shotgun outside the home or business. On June 22, 2017, he was condemned to four years in jail.