4.29.2012

WHERE DOES ONE DRAW THE LINE?

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A couple of days ago I shared on Facebook, a saying that
stated "Put some whiskey in my coffee for it's Ireland
somewhere. "I'm Irish / Hungarian and found this
quite amusing. But the following day received a message
from an individual wishing me to delete the post for found
it insulting. Now if I was Italian, then I would think it
was being a bit insulting, but hey . . . my Grandfather
was from Ireland.

So where does one draw the line . . .  can one step
over it? And what happened to freedom of speech?

As it is, so many artists are extremely opinionated and create
works of explosive subjects. One such is Andres Serrano's
Piss Christ which was created in 1987, with turmoil following
it to this day. For those that are unfamiliar, Serrano photographed
a submerged crucifix in a bottle of (his) urine. He stated that
the piece was not to denounce however to convey commercialism
of religion. Many said if the written statement had not
claimed the fluid was urine, no one would have known.

I truly believe that after a completion of art, the piece embodies
each viewers individual perception, which may be a reversal of
the artists original intention. Serrano's Piss Christ was awarded
money from the National Endowment for the Arts for it's
brilliance and yet scandals followed with death threats,
injunctions and vandalization.

So do we censor?