It’s not art, it’s just tasteless!
Parisian surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean has attempted to auction the X-ray of a victim of the Bataclan massacre as an NFT (so-called Non-Fungible Token) on the internet.
The French news portal “media partAccording to the film, a woman’s forearm can be seen with a cartridge from a Kalashnikov rifle still in it. Starting price for the highly unethical auction: $2777.
However, Masmejean had to cancel the auction on the OpenSea portal. Because he had asked neither the hospital nor the terror victim for permission to sell the X-ray as an NFT (a type of digital image right). Shortly after “Mediapart” contacted the surgeon on Sunday, he deleted the auction.
In the auction description, the doctor claims that he himself treated the woman on the X-ray after she was shot by Islamist terrorists at a concert in the Bataclan music club. Her friend died in the attack. Around 130 people died and 683 were injured in the terror series in the heart of Paris on November 13, 2015. Some of the pullers are currently being tried in the French capital.
Surgeon laughs at auction, clinic shows him
Masmejean only laughed when the journalists from “Mediapart” confronted him with his disgusting action. He then claimed to have acted on “educational” grounds, “to interest people.” On his Linkedin page he identifies himself as a fan of blockchain – the technology on which NFTs were created.
The surgeon’s employer, the hospital company AP-HP, didn’t find the action funny at all. The head of the company, Martin Hirsch, spoke of an “unethical”, “indecent” and “scandalous act” that violated medical confidentiality. Hirsch therefore wanted to report the case to the judiciary.