Clayton Pettet, Performance Art Virgin, Faces Challenger In Long-Planned Public Deflowering

Bingham (left) and Pettet (right)

Remember Clayton Pettet, the gay 19-year-old art student from London who vowed to publicly lose his anal virginity in an act of performance art titled Art School Stole My Virginity? Well, a new art student has come forward to say Art School Stole My Virginity was actually his idea first.

John Bingham is a 24-year-old art student currently attending Wimbledon College of Art in London. He claims Pettet got the whole public deflowering idea for him years ago, and now he’s staging his own performance piece titled Art School Stole My Sexuality in response.

“I won’t go as far to say that Clayton stole my idea for a show,” Bingham says in a press release, “but I will say that he was aware of my plans (when I shared them with him in 2010) and did well to add that flamboyant ‘Clayton Twist’ to get tongues wagging about his new performance.”

Art School Stole My Sexuality will feature Bingham having a public threesome with a male art dealer and a female assistant.

Pettet, naturally, is outraged. On Thursday, he took to his Facebook page to express his anger: “My name is Clayton Pettet, as you all know I came up with an idea Art School Stole My Virginity after months of research into Virginity and sexuality and my own personal emotion with art and society.”

He continues: “Today I found out that a boy has replicated my piece called Art School Stole My Sexuality a complete replication and utter plagiarism of my idea.”

Pettet accusing Bingham of “ruining art” and not respecting “how much this piece means to me.”

“He wants to take everything from me,” Pettet writes, “this piece is everything to me and all of you know this.”

Fans of Pettet quickly jumped to his defense.

“Clayton we believe in you ignore this dickhead,” one person wrote on his wall.

“You are creating something entirely innovative and original, no one can take that away from you!” another person crowed.

Bingham, however, rejects Pettet’s accusations of plagiarism. “Mine is more to do with coming to terms with sexuality and how that links to my time at art schools and working in the art world,” he says.

Pettet’s deflowering was originally scheduled to happen in January, but was re-scheduled for April for unknown reasons. Both his and Bingham’s performances will occur on the same day at different venues.

“Please do not give this boy any of your attention,” Pettet is urging fans, “you are all to [sic] good for people like him.”

When asked why he thinks Pettet is so upset, Bingham replied: “I don’t think he wants any attention taken away from him.”

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  • enfilmigult

    Well, this got more interesting, and by “interesting” I mean annoying.

  • Rad

    Well… any good theater production knows you never open on Broadway. It’s good to see live sex shows making a comeback. I always thought we needed more of them; now there are TWO!

  • Kram1990

    They are both stealing from the 1st century Roman Emperor Nero. He did this but he went as far as to dress up as a woman on her wedding day held a mock wedding with a slave, did a fake wedding reception and at the end of the night made all of the guest watch when he made the slave (the groom) take his character’s (the bride) virginity. They are not performing art. There is nothing artistic about sex. Sex is sex. And virgin sex is even less appealing to watch.

  • Cam

    Actually, this idea isn’t new at all. And honestly, it’s reminding me of that guy “Augstine” on the show “Looking”.

    You know, somebody who thinks they are being interesting and “Arty” but really they are just boring and desperately screaming “Look At Me!” to hide their mediocrity.

  • TinoTurner

    This is why people hate gays

  • Ben Dover

    How does the audience even *know* for sure that he’s a virgin, anyway? Squeals of pain? Agonized shrieks of “Take it out, take it out!”? Or just a look of vague, uneasy discomfort?

    And shouldn’t the top be a virgin too?

  • drivendervish

    I think both of their ideas have nothing to do with art and everything to do with attention and a really twisted kind of fame. That being said I was anxious to watch Clayton lose his virginity. Although I don’t think he has much virginity to lose in consideration of the fingers and toys that have most likely been there already. But I have bad news for Clayton because John Bingham is much cuter so he’s got my attention now! Go ahead, call me shallow!

  • Rad

    It has moved from art to competitive fucking. Otherwise known as porn.

    I believe the plot came from the latest RAD (no relation) Video catalog.

  • redcarpet

    Why are we fanning the flames of this pretentious attention seeking? If they want to have public sex then go to The Black Party or Folsom Street Fair like the rest of us.

    What really pisses me off is if these were not privileged white kids with connections no one would give a shit. But because they went to art school and have made enough waves in the media, now everyone cares! The only thing that makes these live sex shows notable is that they got noticed. It’s almost Kim Kardashian in nature.

    Besides, if I had to choose between the two it would be the one that does not involve a woman.

  • HirsuteOne

    Wow,two bottoms competing for a top. Sounds like a weekend and AuntiChrist’s house.

  • LarsNtherealboy

    @TinoTurner: Yes, because we both know straight people would never do something like this.

  • NateOcean

    How DARE you steal from me (something that I’ve stolen from others)!

  • derek mcgillicuddy

    Don’t really understand why these two kids would want to do something so sordid; is self-promotion really worth one’s dignity?

  • Cam

    @TinoTurner: said….

    “This is why people hate gays”


    No, this is why people hate Art students. ;)

  • SteveDenver

    Battle of the egotistical morons.

  • SteveDenver

    @derek mcgillicuddy: They swapped dignity for EGO, feeding it with attention.

  • hotshot70

    so, will they televise this sodomizing? Will it be to completion? Will it be bareback? Do any of us give a damn?

  • mcflyer54

    @TinoTuner – actually this has absolutely nothing to do with why straight people gays. But it does make people stop and wonder if someone’s parents didn’t waste their money sending their kid to “art” school.

  • mcflyer54

    @derek mcgillicuddy: a look at what currently passes as “reality” TV should quickly answer your question.

  • elbertdijkgraaf

    The should just deflowering each other’s kuku. Win/win situation.

  • oldbrit

    It’s not who has the idea, but who executes it and it looks like Bingham did nothing to execute his flippy-flop in public until he heard that Pettet was actually going to do it. Get a life Mr. Bingham.

  • Mark Jenkins

    the circumstances sound a lot like the founding of Facebook-(You stole my idea!!) Where are the Winklevoss twins when you need them?

  • Paulie

    Despite all the artsy-fartsy pretensions, isn’t this really just Gay Porn? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Gay Porn, but that’s all this really is, right?

  • Evji108

    If he had just gone ahead and done it when he announced it and not dithered around for a year or so, it would already be a fait accompli.

  • Evji108

    @Cam: No this is why people hate gay art students.

  • derek mcgillicuddy

    So this is how you become famous with accomplishing any thing. Frankly, I like privacy.

  • Cam


    There seems to be a desperation to claim that this is a gay thing. Have none of you ever met art students before?

  • asby

    well at least at 19…..he is figuring out that he is not the only stunt queen out there

  • derek mcgillicuddy

    @Paulie: Yeah, usually you had to fly from London to Amsterdam to see a live sex show; I wonder what reflects worse on the gay yobs of England, this OR the public intoxication (Was in Southampton last year on o Friday night and was amazed at how much vomit there was in the streets!).

  • Ridpathos

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. This is why nobody likes art students.

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