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Teen Trolls Art Fans at SF Gallery With Fake Piece

A 17-year-old Bay Area native named TJ Cruda recently decided to expose art fans’ gullible ways and humiliate them on Twitter for following through accordingly. The wise-ass teenager set an ordinary pair of reading glasses on the floor near the wall of the gallery as if it were part of the collection, and people bought it.


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Good for TJ. Art is great and everything, but more often than not, I find it agitating how narrow-minded people become anytime they walk through the doors of [Enter Major Metropolitan City Here] Art Museum. “This thing that looks decent made it onto these walls with a paragraph-long description? Wow, must be really special, I’m going to go be interested in it.”

According to Cruda’s Twitter account, the simple gag and subsequent post has landed him positive attention from the likes of the Bay Area’s NBC station and BuzzFeed. Cruda and his team of supporters are also trying to get the spotlight from Ellen Degeneres and her show.

This is far from the only smart aleck move from a teenager to become a national sensation over the past few months. This past February, California high school student Daniel Lara went viral after his friend posted a Snapchat story of Daniel strutting around campus with a “Daaaamn, Daniel” voiceover playing behind the phone, which landed the pair of buddies on Ellen’s show. Earlier this week, Charlotte-area high school senior Mike Senatore also earned viral status for his awesomely sarcastic talent show sketch of him flipping a water bottle to the tune of some dramatic music and an epic crowd reaction.

Let’s all hope TJ gets similar feedback with his prank. Teenagers getting insane amounts of attention can be annoying sometimes, but when it’s for such a good cause as exploiting art snobs’ ignorantly pretentious ways.

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Evan Lawrence

I used to wreck deFries and Dave on the Grandex ping pong scene.

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