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Art under attack by Rudd the philistine1 minute read

Superstar Australian artist Bill Henson has been the victim of a vicious and ignorant political / media witch-hunt that has led to the cancellation of his latest show in Sydney, and a rebuke from Kevin Rudd, who called his art “revolting”. This is the same Bill Henson who has been lauded the world over, representing Australia at the “Olympics of art”, the Venice Biennale.

Rudd, typical of most ALP figures (the myth that they are in support of art, but in fact are philistines and slobs), has no clue. Nudity and innocence depicted in art are totally removed from porn. To see an innocent, naked child in art and immediately think “sexual object” says a lot more about Rudd being a weirdo than it does about Bill Henson.

Since when does nudity automatically imply sex? What sort of a strange culture are we living in? What sort of strange value set is Rudd promoting?

Let’s compare some of Henson’s shots with those of other artists, times and eras:

Nirvana - Nevermind
No wonder Kurt killed himself – it was because of the hopeless attitudes of philistines like Kevin Rudd, who would have banned this album from the shelves were it around now.

The Bathers
Rudd would see no artistic merit in this, calling it “pure filth”, no question.

Bill Henson Untitled
Rudd would say: “Revolting”

Maybe Rudd has child sex on his mind right now because this week his former state ALP colleague, Milton Orkopoulos, was done for over 30 child sex and drug charges?

Or maybe he keeps thinking about former ALP Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bob Collins, and is worried about the ALP being seen as the party of child sex offenders?

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5 thoughts on “Art under attack by Rudd the philistine”

  1. Paul Karagiannis says:

    Politicians being concerned about public displays of child nudity is a sign of our times.

    Rudd is simply taking the high road of public accountability. The road one would take when asked “What are you doing about this?”

    Flick through any family photo album from another time and candid shots of the family offspring naked at the beach or in the bath are there for the visitors’ amusement. Mothers, aunts and potential wives have had many a laugh at said photos and fathers tend to make a disparaging comment reinforcing an argument they had earlier.

    Fun times.

    Look through the photo albums of the new parents. No kiddie shots. No bath shots. No birthday suits. Even the christening shots contain no nudies. Did the priest baptise their kids clothed?

    Police closed down this display because of our increasingly clipboardian tick-box existence. Yes, that is the term I’m inventing to describe this phenomenon. A society that places the burden of accoutability on its public servants to be all-encompassing. We ask police to protect us from the specific crime of child pornography according to certain criteria and punish them if they do not. Again, what are you doing about this? What are the coppers to do? Shoot, and let God sort ’em out. Rudd is in the same boat.

    The same blanket law/policy that must be made to be a workable tool by the enforcers both protects the victims, punishes the perpetrators and hinders those on the boundary. It is a product of our adversarial legal system which works well for specific laws and activities and either fails or ignores variations of the same activity.

    Just in….just in….

    The Family Court has just granted a 12 year old girl the right to begin female to male gender reassignment.
    Girl’s wish- Met
    Doctor’s Approval-Submitted
    Psychiatrist’s Assessment-Allowed
    Government Funding-Approved
    All Boxes-Ticked


    We live in tragically funny times…

  2. nigel says:

    Thank god I’m not the only one that thinks this 🙂

  3. nigel says:

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