Who else loved 'Art Attack' growing up? Well there's a whole new crazy conspiracy theory linking the presenter of the children's TV series to street artist Banksy...
The identity of Banksy remains a total mystery but a handful of Twitter users thinks they've figured it out. They're churning the wheel on a conspiracy theory that has it that 'Art Attack' presenter Neil Buchanan is the true identity of the political artist.
Last weekend, one Twitter user wrote: "Just heard that it's rumoured Neil Buchanan is Banksy.
According to the theory: "He's a musician and art has followed in the cities of shows he's done allegedly."
As well as presenting an art show, links also exist between Buchanan's heavy metal rock band Marseille and the artist known as Banksy.
Marseille performed at the Garage in Glasgow in 2010 and a Banksy artwork was found on a wall on Sauchiehall Street near the venue.
The band also played at the famous the Roundhouse in Camden, London, near another Banksy work.
Just heard that it's rumoured Neil Buchanan is Banksy. If true, it's the funniest shit ever. Aintree's finest.
He's a musician and art has followed in the cities of shows he's done allegedly.
This is straight in the believe without question category . pic.twitter.com/LWU48wGekR
— Scouseman (@ScouseMan_) September 4, 2020
While the evidence is flimsy, 'Art Attack' fans are getting a huge kick out of acting like it's true.
I’m not even going to look any further into this. I’m taking this tweet at face value and telling everyone Neil Buchanan is Banksy now https://t.co/0ijjH3Z6aW
— sophie (@runwayinchicago) September 5, 2020
Neil Buchanan is Banksy https://t.co/TQEXiKmQsP
— Tara has Mermaid Eyes BLM 🏳️🌈🇮🇪🇮🇸 (@TheBluestStar) September 6, 2020
— Lee Hill (@ljhill85) September 6, 2020
For everyone doubting the theory that Banksy is Art Attack’s Neil Buchanan, may I remind you Neil was already leading a double life in the 90s as Smarty Arty on Zzzap! pic.twitter.com/JwiISMhpB9
— Tom Hourigan (@TomHourigan) September 7, 2020
Heard the rumour that Banksy is Neil Buchanan and I need no evidence or proof or substance to it, it’s absolutely the only thing I’m choosing to believe this year pic.twitter.com/UgZmzOB6hz
— Alex Deutsch (@alexdeutsch) September 6, 2020
Of course, there had to be an official response from the man himself before this got out of hand.
Now, in a post on his website entitled 'Neil Buchanan is NOT Banksy', the truth has been revealed.
It reads: "We have been inundated with enquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story.
"Unfortunately this website does not have the infrastructure to answer all these enquiries individually, however we can confirm that there is no truth in the rumour whatsoever.
"Neil spent Lockdown with vulnerable members of his family and is now preparing to launch his new art collection in 2021.
"Thank you and please stay safe."
Well, it was fun while it lasted.