Nigger, Cunt, Dickhead, Jewboy, Spic, Whore, Chink, Cracker, Guido, Bitch. These are some doozies! Pop culture comes up with some amazing combinations. Who hasn’t shaken their heads trying to figure them out the firs time one hears them, how about fugly? We assign toxicity to some while we demote others in rank. Here are some Red Neck, Indian giver, Trailer Trash, Shorty, Fat, Ugly, Chick. Words like these we tend to use quite liberally.
I guess like it or not when you blog regularly words become something one is very aware of (I have written at least two other post on the topic) but what about images?
Do we say hey that’s of artistic value therefore we should be careful here not to censor or do we say no one ever should be subjected to that?
Let me show you some that you may find offensive or not:
1. The Swastika
2. The World Trade Center
3. 50’s Madison Ave Advertisement
4. Woman at the museum
5. Robert Mapplethorpe
6. Welcome Home Guy
Throughout history images have been censored or destroyed to suit a particular wof the people in charge, censorship always comes under the cloak of morality. Michael Angelo had to censor his own work to please those in charge, funny how the very institution that called his work heresy is doing everything in it’s power to preserve his treasures. (http://censorshipinamerica.com/2010/10/25/michelangelos-the-last-judgment/)
In 1992, Michael Lebron an artist had an agreement to place his art on billboard at NYC Penn station. The owner of Penn Station took offence at his depiction of alcoholism in Nicaragua. The case saw the Supreme Court. Lebron won. http://www.tjcenter.org/ArtOnTrial/censor.html
Yesterday, I deliberately posted a picture that was meant to ridicule Osama Bin Laden, I chose to play on the particular aspect of homophobia— Bin Laden hated America for many reasons, all were irrational and rooted in his fanatical interpretation of Islam.
To him and his followers women are servants deserving of no respect, even when “respected” it’s as trophies—The holy mother and virginal daughters. Sexuality is for the purpose of creating offspring, women in his part of the world are sometimes suffer Genital mutilation in order to stifle their sexual urges.
Gays and Lesbians do not escape the wrath of ignorance and hate. Men are often ridiculed for not being “manly” they must produce offspring. Heterosexual women live in a world of fear because of their urges, it must be unthinkable what goes on the mind of a lesbian woman in such a hostile world. There is one time when gays and lesbians are equal; at least to each other, and that is the fate they meet for their “crimes” against G_d. They are killed most of the time with some family member involved and this happens without public out cry.
Let me be clear my understanding is that this MAINLY goes on sub-rosa, in small villages where radicals have taken a solid hold. There have been cases of families doing this in the U.S. It is barbaric anywhere in the world.
While in my mind my amateurish Photoshop image ( last on the list above) said all these things— it didn’t. Art of any kind it’s often personal and has hidden worlds of meaning that that the casual on looker might misread. It would be nice to have a detailed introduction to all works but that robs it of the intent to convey an idea or feeling or to create your own opinion.
My deliberate attempt to ridicule Osama’s homophobia was actually born form a conversation with some one earlier in the day. A realmster saw the image and it triggered the opposite effect than I intended. He spoke up (always the right thing to do) and we expressed our views and understand where we each where coming from.
The reason for this post is simply to let you guys know that when a diverse group of people come together there will be without question hiccups of all sorts the best we can do is open the door to a healthy discussion.
I would never intentionally offend an innocent: well enough of that lets have some fun:
Here’s a joke
A black man, a honkey, a spic and a queer walk into a bar… they ask the Irish bartender for a drink.
The bartender tells them “no”
They reply, “we have worked hard to put our bigotry aside and come in brotherhood to drink, and you discriminate against us?”
The bartender looks at them with double vision and says ” I’m not racits am an Irish bar kkep.”