It seems that truthful depictions of the Tiny Tyrant aren’t allowed in a NJ high school art show. Why? Oh, some people got upset. Perhaps ‘some people’ should learn that you aren’t going to love, or like every piece of art you come across, so take a look, shake your fucking head or whatever, and move on. What you should not ever do? Decide it’s in your purview, as an onlooker, to decide what art is worth showing, and what is not. Supposedly, adults are supposed to be capable of coping rationally with something they don’t care for on a personal level. Two students had their work removed, after having only an hour to come up with it.
Honestly, people. When you see art you don’t like, suck it the fuck up. You can handle it. Stop looking at it, go on to something else. Oh, and if you’re parents, teach that to your sprogs, too. School Principals, you could grow a fucking spine and stand behind your students. That’s what you’re supposed to do, yes? While this has worked out well for young Mr. Shea, there’s nothing at all about the other student who had their work removed.
Now, IANAL, but…
Schools are government-run, right? Such that a school art show is therefore a government-run art exhibition? And some things were censored from that for their political message?
Isn’t that a textbook First Amendment violation? Like a real one, not frozen peaches?
I love the kid’s response, though. There’s someone who saw the Streisand Effect wave coming and had a surfboard ready.
If a picture deserves to go viral, it is this one. The artist was CENSORED for crying out loud. (Just realised, “for crying out loud” must be a euphemism for “for christ’s sake”. One never stops learning.)
The Mellow Monkey says
Hell yeah. Ride this censorship with pride, Mr. Shea.