The Art of the Australian Insult


Double standards?
October 7, 2008, 3:22 am
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“Politicians have expressed disgust at Bill Henson looking for models for his art in school playgrounds but are quite happy to look for babies to pat in shopping centres at election time. A case of double standards?”

Robbie Roach Randwick, one of a number of letters on the subject to the Sydney Morning Herald. A reader of The Australian has a quite different view:

“WHEN the Bill Henson controversy first erupted earlier this year, I suspected elements of the self-styled progressive Left were sneering at the rest of us plebs for failing to recognise that child pornography constitutes art if the purveyor is wearing an artist’s smock or hosts exhibitions of his work. David Marr has confirmed those suspicions in his book. The problem for Henson and his apologists is that for the majority of us, when something looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, we’re fairly sure we know what we’re looking at.”
John McLeod
Sunshine Coast, Qld

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