|They could sell tickets for this farce...
||[May. 24th, 2008|04:28 pm]
According to David Marr writing for the Sydney Morning Herald today...
May 24, 2008
ROLL up, roll up. Get your tickets now. Bookings will be coming in from round the world: Australia is putting art back in the dock. What a spectacle it will be: prosecutors thundering; experts talking Caravaggio and Mapplethorpe; defence counsel declaring Bill Henson the greatest thing since Titian picked up a brush.
I hope, for his sake, forthcoming star witness Superintendent Allan Sicard of the Rose Bay police, who impounded the photographs, will be better prepared than the hapless Detective Vogelsang of the Adelaide plodders who prosecuted Ern Malley's hoax poetry so famously, so pointlessly, so long ago. His clumsiness lives in legend.
We haven't seen a spectacle like this since Portnoy's Complaint was prosecuted across Australia in 1969. Moralists, columnists, politicians, cops, headmistresses, magistrates, priests and juries united in declaring the book obscene. But they couldn't make the charge stick in Sydney.
Police visited Roslyn Oxley's old gallery in 1982 but instead of joining the chorus attacking the work of painter Juan Davila, the premier, Neville Wran, called off the cops, declaring "I do not think art has got anything to do with the vice squad".
According to The Australian newpaper online news..
Kevin Rudd said he did not "understand why we can't allow kids to enjoy something of the innocence of childhood". "I find them absolutely revolting ... Whatever the artistic view of the merits of that sort of stuff - frankly, I don't think there are any - just allow kids to be kids," he told the Nine Network.
Brendan Nelson claimed the photographs - priced at $25,000 each - violated Australian values and said it was "time for us to take a stand".
Henson's works have been praised by critics around the world and displayed in leading galleries and collections
I doubt if either Rudd (a conservative Queenslander who has set his task to censor the Internet amidst rising prices and rampant inflation ) nor Nelson have even seen them.
I suggest you view before you condemn gentlemen.
btw: there are over 58 million images on google image search featuring "naked children"
Bob - who came into this world naked and without a penny to his name.