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Re: “Artist says censorship of public exhibit shows "lack of understanding"

No. I mean it's a bullshit story and you know it.

Posted by Jack Mayhoffer on 06/15/2007 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Artist says censorship of public exhibit shows "lack of understanding"

This is such a load of crap. Look - I too am an artist, a musician, a writer, and a staunch supporter of freedom of expression/speech, and even the right to offend other people if it is justified. However, I also understand that we live in a "society" whereby, for better or worse, we're bound by a certain set of guidelines for what is deemed tasteful in PUBLIC. PUBLIC being the operative word here since this item was in clear public view - NOT being displayed in a private gallery, a home, etc. I love your quote: "It's annoying that someone can decide for others what is proper and moral," No shit, Carolina. What are you 11? It IS annoying, but that's not really what is going on here. You see Carolina, you have the freedom to create any art you want and display it in an appropriate venue where it can be viewed by people who CHOOSE to see it. By doing so, individuals can then also be free to make up their minds about what is "proper and moral" for themselves. It is such a narcissistic cry of entitlement that you feel your artwork deserves to be seen by everyone, whether they find it offensive or not. So are YOU trying to decide what is "proper and moral" for everyone who happens to be walking down the street during TRAF? Give me a break. Censorship happens when the GOVERNMENT tries to deem what is appropriate and available for people to see/hear/read by squashing people's views and art. This is not a case of censorship - this is a case of a private property owner not wanting to be represented by something they feel is not fit for public consumption, for WHATEVER REASON, whether you or I agree with them or not. Maybe this perspective will make sense (I will make it all about you here for a second) - Imagine someone came along and placed an advertisement for a product you don't believe in, or an idealogy you don't agree with, or a sign for political candidate you don't endorse in your front yard, would you leave it there because it is their "right" to say whatever they choose? Hell no, you would remove it with a quickness and you'd be well within your rights to "censor" (your word) their message because YOU happen to be the private property owner in that scenario. CP - You know there is no story here. Don't stoop to this grandstanding bullshit. Slow week for features or something? Jack M.

Posted by Jack Mayhoffer on 06/14/2007 at 10:47 AM

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