The Art of the Australian Insult


Public standards
October 9, 2008, 2:53 am
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“Kathy Keele, the Australia Council’s chief executive, says that in Australia “artists must abide by the same laws and community standards that apply to every other citizen” (“Novelist throws the book over Henson photos”, October 8). More statues of footy players adorning our public spaces? Theatre pieces about our Olympic heroes’ incomparable achievements? A musical about the Australian cricket team’s agonising decision to tour India? Maybe an arts workshop on how to depict the drinking binges that inevitably follow a favourite footy team’s win? Are these the community standards Ms Keele thinks we should abide?
If artists merely comply with whatever “community standards” are, how do we ever break free of the crass, profit-driven, mind-numbing propaganda that complies with those standards and calls itself public media?”

Peter Kenyon South Turramurra, letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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In the name of art again…Are we losing our creative integrity. The media should stop promoting him to the art world and the police should stick a few rusty nails through his testicles and send him on his way.

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