Sunday, July 18, 2010


Matisse would have a fit if he saw the above in the International Herald Tribune. Our marker-happy fanatics are at it again blackening out body parts they consider too obscene for public viewing. And this is only a painting! No wonder sex crimes, teenage pregnancies and abandoned babies are on the rise.

Matisse worked on the painting for six years, and these over-zealous folks at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture probably took just two minutes to defile Matisse's work of art. Thank God for the Internet. Here is Matisse's 1917 "Bathers by a River" in full colour from IHT's online edition.

Now that all is revealed, my eyes don't see anything offensive. All I see is a masterpiece.

Here's another - Botticelli's Venus in blacked-out shame, and in her full glory. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so is filth. We know which category of beholders our black marker brigade belongs to.

“Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime."
~ Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court ~
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Starmandala said...

Incredible that a whole generation later, there has been absolutely no change in the benighted mindset of some people. This "Black Marker" phenomenon was first documented in early 1989 and apparently it still holds true - even in the digital age when any resourceful 7-year-old can get online and study the entire colorful spectrum of human, animal, and even vegetable anatomy for free.

Anonymous said...

Related to the theme of this posting, I wrote an article on book banning over at my blog, - Thursday, January 31, 2008
Book Banning

Do take a look ...