May 29, 2004

The price of freedom of expression

After displaying a painting of U.S. soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners, a San Francisco gallery owner bears a painful reminder of the nations unresolved anguish over the incidents at Abu Ghraib -- a black eye and bloodied brow delivered by an unknown assailant who apparently objected to the art work.
This kind of shit bothers me- the fact that somebody gets attacked for displaying so-called art. The paintings are graphic, and they fuel the anti-military extremists; yet it seems this is a symptom of something deeper in this country....

....and that would be the slow death of freedom of expression. It is becoming a Fear of Expression because of attacks like this. This kind of intimidation was acceptable in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.
All I can say is if they don't like the art- then picket the place, or better yet- ignore it altogether ! The sound of silence can be deafening.

Posted by dr at May 29, 2004 06:05 PM | TrackBack
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