I feel that a lot of his depictions of women in his art are really fucked up and sexist, though I’m sure 15 billion people will jump down my throat claiming it’s ~satire~ and therefore somehow incapable of being genuinely offensive (even if people are indeed offended).
In terms of explicit statements he put this quote, "feminism is a weapon. weapons are for war. make love, not war" on his instagram. That idea is wildly ignorant and anti-feminist.
And while I’m at it I’ll do a mini YFIP on him
He used the n-word in an interview while talking about how he was trying to “reclaim” the word vandalism the way that some Black people have reclaimed the n-word. Given that it’s well-documented that he’s white (including in this same article) it’s completely inappropriate and racist for him to use the actual word.
Then there’s the larger fact that his whole career is an exercise in white privilege, cultural appropriation, and classism (and of course racism because class is a race issue). You think a man of color could get away with all his stunts without ever getting caught or in trouble? Absolutely not. Also, street art/graffiti is just not white people’s domain, in the same way that rap music isn’t white people’s domain. White people can participate, but they need to recognize they didn’t invent it. Banksy gets an incredible amount of credit for doing what people of color had been doing for years before he showed up. Also, Banksy often puts up his pieces in poor neighborhoods mostly populated by people of color, and then all the bougie white people (who would never deign to set foot in that neighborhood otherwise) come to take photos and clog up public spaces. It’s like a mini gentrification. Here is a great post that elaborates on these points. It’s specifically about Shepard Fairey, but the points all translate to Banksy as well.
Banksy is such a symbol (mostly among middle to upper class white kids looking to rebel) of counterculture, but he’s actually just kind of an asshole.