12 October 2007

More Nationalist Censorship

Kissing Policemen (An Epoch of Clemency) © Blue Noses

A couple of days ago it was maurading neo-Nazis in Sweden, now it is the Russian Minister of Culture who is seeking to suppress allegedly decadent photograhs. Today The Guardian reports that the good Minister has ordered this image by the Siberian collective Blue Noses (as well as several other works) removed from an exhibition of Russian art scheduled to be shown in Paris. Perhaps the Minister is trying to avoid episodes like the one earlier this week in Lund; by censoring this show, he is depriving aggrieved Fascists of a potential target. The story in The Guardian reports the Minister as jutfying his actions this way:

"If this exhibition appears [in Paris] it will bring shame
on Russia. In this case, all of us will bear full responsibility"
[. . .] "It is inadmissible...to take all this pornography,
kissing policemen and erotic pictures to Paris."

Perhaps we should petition the U.S. government to take similar measures with artists like Serrano?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want to see that unpleasant stuff either.

Its not "decadent" - that deflects it into a different kind of objection, like homosexuality is just what mainstream society doesn't like.

That may well be true - but its not the point.

The point is, what homosexuality consists of, what it is. Men putting their parts up the anus of other men is wierd, repllent, and what they do a lot of the time.

That photograph is a prelude to that act. Its understandable if people don't want to see it.

12 October, 2007 13:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the other post: they might be rampaging neo-Nazis, but they are inconsequential because nutters like that are regarded as such by 99% of the population. Which is beside the point, of objecting to homosexual photography. That you elevate such stories into something of far greater magnitude than they signify is "telling." That you've never commented on huge numbers of Muslims going on a violent worldwide rampage where people died, others were threatened, and one of the foundations of Western society was being rejected by theocratic cant - free speech (satirical criticism), is "telling".

One day, when your conscience catches up with you, you might admit these things if not publically then to yourself.

12 October, 2007 13:21  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...


What a surprise. You don't like buggery and you are afraid the scary Muslims are coming to get you. There is some news. You express nothing but the same phobias and prejudices ever. T-I-R-E-S-O-M-E!

12 October, 2007 13:31  
Anonymous Dawei from Beijing said...

Is this photo supposed to be a spoof on Banksy's kissing policemen graffiti?

12 October, 2007 20:29  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

dawei ... according to the story at The Guardian you are correct. I've never seen the Banksey ...

12 October, 2007 21:21  
Anonymous Dawei from Beijing said...

Blue Noses are a pretty radical bunch. I saw an exhibit of theirs in Vienna several years back and much of it was hard to stomach-genital mutilation and bodily fluids were a common sight. You can watch some of their more benign videos on youtube.

BTW, if you input "kissing policemen" under Google images the Banksy will be the first image to come up.

12 October, 2007 22:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, guess that makes you a bona fide elite then Jimbo, equipped with a superior understanding of both homosexuality and tens of thousands of Muslims rioting violently about a few cartoons.

Everyone listen to Jimbo: the repellent practises of homosexuals are nice and wholesome, and Islam is nice and friendly. If you think otherwise (and many of us do), you are wrong!

13 October, 2007 06:34  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...


After reading one of your rants a friend asked me how it was that you are so familiar with the "repellant practices of homosexuals" that have you so exercised. Personal experience? As for the cartoon issue I agree that it was a tempest in a teapot. But I don't recall a single instance of Muslims rampaging through museums smashing pictures .... In any case. From this point on I am deleting your comments.

13 October, 2007 08:20  

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