Monday, October 27, 2008

Mr. Marr still doesn’t get it

Mr. David Marr’s latest piece in The Sydney Morning Herod on the Henson controversy indicates that he still does not understand that children should not be made to pose naked for the cultural gratification of the arts community. Again, his focus is on the artistic merits of the product rather than the means by which they were produced. Once upon a time it might have sufficed to point out that the end does not justify the means, and therefore it is the means that is the primary issue. But even if we are to debate the matter according to the secondary issue of ‘art vs. pornography’, Mr. Marr’s assertion that “all the authorities who looked at Henson's controversial pictures agreed they were not remotely pornographic” is far from satisfying, since those authorities presumably judged the photos on a presumption of innocence, asking themselves whether Mr. Henson intended those photos for the titillation of prevents. Perhaps Mr. Marr should pay a visit to the isolation wing of Long Bay Gaol and ask certain of the inmates whether they regard it as art or pornography?

Reginaldvs Cantvar
27.X.2008 A.D.


Anonymous said...

I'm beginning to think David Marr wants to have Bill's babies!

Cardinal Pole said...

Yes, Mr. Marr seems a little bit too close to the whole case.