I wonder how many people will fall for Monday Magazine’s little April Fool’s joke by editor John Threlfall about the planned opening of the “Now Museum” that it’s claimed will be housed in the long-vacant Now furniture outlet on Douglas Street, here in Victoria.
Who will be the poor fool not to catch on after reading a quote from founding director M. Lee Khar? Surely that name has to ring a bell with local residents and casual patrons of the arts. And although they might not jump out from a quick reading, it’s pretty hard to miss cues like the $149 million grant from non-existent Ministry of Integral Development and Social Concerns and the ludicrous nature of the Museum’s opening exhibition that Threlfall reports will focus on “the positive side of homelessness, which perfectly meshes with our portfolio,” according to minister Rip Oph, by featuring “a live-in theatrical recreation of urban camping.”
I’ll be scanning the letters to the editor next week with keen interest to see if Monday managed to lure some irate
rubes citizens into firing off intemperate, painfully earnest letters of outrage in response to this delightful little jape. That would be hilarious. Pity the Times Colonist hadn’t collaborated by running a similar story so as to give the whole thing some added fake legitimacy.