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Posted at 6:37 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Art censorship on a slippery slope

By Wallace Babington, Washington

I am, from time to time, extremely proud of The Post, but I had never been so much as while reading Philip Kennicott’s article on the “Hide/Seek” controversy. What a pleasure to read something that tells the story exactly right. No euphemisms — only strong, solid words that describe the situation accurately. Words such as “nadir,” “disaster,” and “tactically, strategically and historically stupid.”

Mr. Kennicott’s recommendations were also accurate: Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough should resign, and AA Bronson’s photograph should be removed.

Right-wing critics are constantly warning about “slippery slopes.” Well, removal of the Wojnarowicz video was surely the beginning of a slippery slope. Where will it lead? Perhaps removal of the show’s “Men Reading” painting because — who knows? — those two well-dressed and proper men might be thinking unprintable thoughts about each other.

By Wallace Babington, Washington  | December 27, 2010; 6:37 PM ET
Categories:  National Mall, arts  
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Comments

Have you noticed we only suffer through censorship issues from conservatives? I guess that's their definition of "freedom and liberty". Or, another way of saying it through Prof. Wagstaff: "Whatever it is, I'm against it".

Posted by: jckdoors | December 28, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

when someone decides what art to show or not show that is in itself is censorship!

Posted by: TheCohen | December 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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