posted on May, 28 2008 @ 05:32 AM
Oh boy.. I've had some heated arguments at uni over this...
I'm on the side that thinks that it should be looked at very carefully. I don't like the images one bit, but I'm trying not to let that prejudice
me about whether they should be censored or not.
A few questions though...
* What is Henson's fixation on youth? Why not use 80 or 90 year old models? That'd be just as 'out there'.
* What is and what isn't art. Henson might be able to take photo's of naked prepubescent girls and call it art, what about every day Joe? If you
took similar photographs of other people's children, you'd get the wrap over the knuckles very very quickly.
* Why does Kevin Rudd have to justify his comments of being against it? A bunch of actors have written a letter saying that Rudd should withdraw his
comments, or somehow face being hijacked by the arts community. Well, people need to get real - last year under Howard's work choices laws, it was
going to be made illegal to fly the Eureka flag at construction sites. I think that was a bit more totalitarian than this!
Henson's previous works were more abstract and less full frontal than these newest ones. If you've seen the new ones, even the censored samples,
you'd know what I mean - I don't really see the artistic value in them.
And like it or not, a 13 year old IS a child. Everyone expects their kids to grow up too fast. How on Earth can a child make a decision to be in these
works? A judge has recently suggested that there'd be grounds for the children to sue at a later stage if they felt someway violated by Henson, so
it'd be damaging for him as well.
Some say that classical works feature child nudity - but that was also when we were burning witches at the stake, but somehow now with photographic
technology, taking photographs of children and risking having them censored is somehow 'backward'.
Bottom line - he won't be prosecuted. I've gotten the general feeling from the debate and people saying that it's 'OK' is that they're scared of
not sounding liberal enough. Just around the burrows here and there, anyway.
I'm a liberal sorta guy, but I well and truly don't like these images.