Fact Check: Banksy Did NOT Create Putin And Ukrainian Balloon Image -- It's From Music Video

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Banksy Did NOT Create Putin And Ukrainian Balloon Image -- It's From Music Video Not Banksy

Did British artist Banksy create a new art piece involving Ukraine and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia? No, that's not true: A Banksy spokesperson said he did not create this image, which was altered from a screenshot of a music video by the Russian band Little Big.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 14, 2022. The caption reads:

Latest from Banksy πŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’™

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Mar 28 17:18:25 2022 UTC)

There is no evidence that Banksy made this image. On March 29, 2022, a spokesperson for Banksy emailed Lead Stories to confirm that this image is not his.

Lead Stories found that the image in the Facebook post is an altered image of a screenshot from the music video for the song "GO BANANAS" by the Russian band Little Big. The video was posted on YouTube on November 15, 2019. Around 30 seconds into the video, a man stands in front of an orange balloon. He tries to pop the balloon, but he explodes instead. These actions are identical to the image in the Facebook post.

Here is a screenshot from YouTube:

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(Source: YouTube screenshot taken on Mar 28 16:12:44 UTC 2022)

Other Lead Stories fact checks related to the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict can be found here.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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