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    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    Censoring Art in Brooklyn

    Have my fellow New Yorkers heard about this garbage?

    Julius Spiegel, the Borough Parks Commissioner for Brooklyn, shut down the Brooklyn College MFA students' thesis exhibition. Why? Some asshats called and complained that there was sexual content.

    This goes back to my irritance with a great many "community" groups and individual citizens in New York City who wish to live here, but want to feel like they're living in some small town somewhere with no noise from bars or clubs, stable neighborhoods where everyone knows your name, tree-lined streets, and no artistic expression to poison their children's minds. Look, if you don't like New York, you could live a lot more cheaply somewhere else. Meanwhile, leave the artists in peace. The great majority of New Yorkers (who should really get active on their Community Boards, so the others don't keep dragging the neighborhoods down) have stayed here or moved here for the very things this vocal minority is trying to shut down.

    Gotham Gazette's Wonkster blog has this roundup. As I said in the blog's comments:

    I don’t want to live in a City where this censorship is acceptable. It may be easy to hate on college artists, but it’s dead wrong. I mean, between this and the Giuliani-Last Supper situation, it’s getting harder and harder to believe that NYC is the place for artists.

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