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Kevin Rudd - Art Critic or Country Bumpkin ?? [May. 27th, 2008|01:55 am]
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Image of Rudd (the art critic) borrowed from http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5h8bHwrPYotg2qGB3Bp-BfTjyjRew

Rudd led criticism of the dark and moody photographs after complaints from the public that they were pornographic. "I find them absolutely revolting," the prime minister said, adding that they were without artistic merit. Gow, the artistic director of the Queensland Theatre Company, said this was at odds with Rudd's comments at a brain-storming meeting he called last month which included 100 leading members of the country's arts community. "Among the many cliches endorsed at the 2020 Summit was the one about art... being provocative and challenging," Gow wrote in a letter to the Sydney Morning Herald. "Now that some art has provoked, what has happened? The prime minister who invited us to Canberra has questioned the abilities and credentials of a major Australian artist."

The former director of Canberra's National Gallery of Australia, Betty Churcher, said there was no suggestion of pornography in Henson's works, which she described as "breathtakingly beautiful". "How they could incite anything other than admiration I can't imagine," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "In this day and age, we are going far too far in the wrong direction of censorship. Will we end up being so censored that there's nothing left for us to contemplate?"

Well according to the Daily Telegraph online

By Sharri Markson
May 25, 2008 12:00am
NAPPY television commercials featuring semi-naked babies have been criticised after claims they encourage pedophiles. A parliamentary inquiry is examining whether it is appropriate to have unclothed babies in commercials after it was revealed they are the subject of regular complaints to the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB).