Hmm.. lemme think...
Too late, Lars!
To me it sounded as a joke. You can really feel the cold humour behind his words. The artist' provocation.
The guy is punished for talking freely. But as he will mention... he felt like talking to a bunch of friend who would have understood, not to the whole planet. He should have been careful. Should remember we're in a society that judges according to extreme moral codes.