Well, I'm sorry it had to end like this


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This is a bit of news about an artist here who goes by the name of Mideo Cruz. He chose to hold a mirror against the monster called society here in the Philippines. I don't like the way he organized and presented his artwork nor the medium that he chose but it is still one hell of a social commentary at the very least. I admire his quaint way of bitch slapping the Filipino people... almost satirical.

Now, his exhibit was shut down because of the controversy that broke out. Hell, even the Mister-President Aquino reprimanded his artwork - as the president! i.e. as the representative of the nation and not as a personal quip.

To quote him, “When you insult the beliefs of most of the people, I don’t see where that is of service…I think I made myself clear to them. You have rights but when you already trample on the rights of others, there’s already something wrong…There is no freedom that is absolute. I’m not after censorship. Art is supposed to be ennobling. When you stoke conflict that is not an ennobling activity…” emphasis mine

Is art supposed to be about servitude to others? What rights of others can you "trample" by expressing how you view a certain aspect of reality? I am so indignant right now about for what this truly is: censorship in thought and of the human spirit.

ART EXHIBIT CLOSED LINK

If you gentlemen would like to see the his work, here's a link. POLETISMO (Polytheism) by Mideo Cruz

PS

I realize that I'm starting to rant and I just suppose that this is the right board to do it because this involves art. However, please feel free to move this Michael. Thank you.

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My response is "Ho-hum." That the president of the republic saw fit to comment shows a complete lack of proportion. In that, it completely validates the works. If no one cared, the artist would have failed. That the exhibit was closed proves his point.

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My response is "Ho-hum." That the president of the republic saw fit to comment shows a complete lack of proportion. In that, it completely validates the works. If no one cared, the artist would have failed. That the exhibit was closed proves his point.

Wow... thanks for pointing that out. The work was a provocation and not merely a reflection. Reading what I posted again, I see that I wrote it correctly but just didn't care to look again.

Thanks.

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Banned in Boston.

---Brant

There was an attempt to show it there? If so, why was it banned?

Google it.

--Brant

Banned in Boston

Boston was founded by
Puritans
in the early 17th century. Puritans held highly negative views regarding public exhibitions of sex. Boston's second major wave of immigrants,
Irish
Roman Catholics
, also held conservative moral beliefs, particularly regarding sex.

In the late 19th century,
American
"moral crusader"
Anthony Comstock
began a campaign to suppress vice. He found widespread support in Boston, particularly among socially prominent and influential officials. Comstock was also known as the proponent of the
Comstock Law
, which prevented "obscene" materials from being delivered by the
U.S. mail
. Some critics have claimed that if the list of
banned words
were strictly enforced, then even the
King James Version
of the Bible would be unmailable.

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Banned in Boston.

---Brant

There was an attempt to show it there? If so, why was it banned?

Google it.

--Brant

Banned in Boston

Boston was founded by
Puritans
in the early 17th century. Puritans held highly negative views regarding public exhibitions of sex. Boston's second major wave of immigrants,
Irish
Roman Catholics
, also held conservative moral beliefs, particularly regarding sex.

In the late 19th century,
American
"moral crusader"
Anthony Comstock
began a campaign to suppress vice. He found widespread support in Boston, particularly among socially prominent and influential officials. Comstock was also known as the proponent of the
Comstock Law
, which prevented "obscene" materials from being delivered by the
U.S. mail
. Some critics have claimed that if the list of
banned words
were strictly enforced, then even the
King James Version
of the Bible would be unmailable.

Thanks. :)

Edited by David Lee
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Banned in Boston.

---Brant

There was an attempt to show it there? If so, why was it banned?

Google it.

--Brant

Banned in Boston

Boston was founded by
Puritans
in the early 17th century. Puritans held highly negative views regarding public exhibitions of sex. Boston's second major wave of immigrants,
Irish
Roman Catholics
, also held conservative moral beliefs, particularly regarding sex.

In the late 19th century,
American
"moral crusader"
Anthony Comstock
began a campaign to suppress vice. He found widespread support in Boston, particularly among socially prominent and influential officials. Comstock was also known as the proponent of the
Comstock Law
, which prevented "obscene" materials from being delivered by the
U.S. mail
. Some critics have claimed that if the list of
banned words
were strictly enforced, then even the
King James Version
of the Bible would be unmailable.

Thanks. :)

There's more than this, David. Authors would almost die and go to heaven to learn that they had been "banned in Boston." The publicity could make their careers or even rich.

--Brant

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