from Guy Debord

To Jean-Jacques Lebel[1]
Early morning, 30 November [19]66

As I didn't paint your door, I can say nothing about the color. Nevertheless, I completely approve of the unreasonableness of my situationist comrades. I have already learned with pleasure that this malevolence on the part of the press wasn't at all encouraged by you. In the same way that we deride running after the press in search of base publicity, we find it legitimate to sometimes contradict the press. It is certainly in your interest to avoid being publically mixed up with people whose ideas or practice you do not share. It is even more in our interest. In these conditions, one does not see why we would have need to scare you. And if, however, we were forced to do this, it would not resemble the cops. Rather, angry situationists.

Guy Debord

(Sent in the form of a telegram.)

[1] Following an article in Le Monde, on 26 November 1966, in which the "dissident disciple of Andre Breton and the priest of the happening [English in original]" was associated with "the Situationism International" (sic), the order to deny it was signified to him, written in pink on his previously repainted door: "J.-J. Lebel has nothing to do with the Situationist International. Le Monde is a cunt. That says it all. Signed: J.-J. Lebel." Lebel went to the police.

(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 3, 1965-1968. Footnote by Alice Debord. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! August 2005.)

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