Sunday, August 29, 2010

naked boy on a horse

The Golden Mean was recently banned for its cover art on all BC Ferry services.  Deborah Marshall stated that the Ferry service is "a family show and we've got children in our gift shops."  And how, I ask you is this cover art inappropriate for children?  I mean sure, it has a bum on it, but is that worth removing the book from the gift shops so no discerning literature lovers can buy it?  It's simple enough to turn books so that only the spines are showing.

Craig Spence, president of the Federation of British Columbia Writers, called the ban "an overreaction to a photo that's artistic ... are you going to stop kids from seeing Michelangelo's David?  The kinds of graphic material that kids are exposed to, through advertising and other media all the time, go much farther than that, and they're not in a context that would give it the justification."

Seriously, what is this world coming to?

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