posted on May, 28 2008 @ 06:43 PM
This is very dangerous. We are entering a new era of witch hunts where self-righteous morons are using force and cheap tricks to destroy freedom of
Nude images of people of all ages have been a core feature in art worldwide since people first started making images. Exploitation and abuse is always
wrong, but there is no evidence been cited of either in this case.
In a related story the UK passed a law this week making it illegal to produce or own drawings, paintings or CGI of 'underage individuals' engaged in
sexual or provacative activities. Ok - so again, they push it through saying that is is vital to combat peadophiles - so obviously anyone who dares
question it will be branded as 'defending peadophiles' - but what it has actually done is created a situation where any philistine in the government
or law enforcement organisations can now brand something as illegal just because it may offend their personal beliefs. For example, a political work
featuring a naked youngster and a demon approaching her (I can think of several similar compositions from the pages of art history here), could be a
masterpiece to many and could tell the story of the dangers faced by innocence in a violent world. But the producer of the work could now be sent to
jail for three years!
Ok, Im not sure if I explained it that well, but there is an underlying danger here.. and to me, as an artist myself, I really do fear that ignorance,
lack of exposure to culture, a self important and overly powerful government, and an opportunistic media are creating all the right ingredients for a
'cultural cleansing', a terror of opression, or just a plain old fashioned inquisition.
I think we all need to grow up, get a grip and tell these moral crusaders where to stick their censorship.