Review Arts Censorship: The Petition (SKLo)

From the editor: These are the views of Madmonk. However, personally, I am a little more sympathetic towards artists and perhaps the law can be debated a little to ease the pressure. But what is good here is that this little piece of satire highlights the problems involved in doing so. No one on this planet has the right to answer decide: What is art.  

It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out…)

Wah, I’ve been told that many people out there want to petition to simi move the charge from Vandalism to Miscellaneous Offence.

I support:  I tell you why ah, I also run business. This business require me to design art on walls, i show you:

Maybe this kind too simple, maybe we try something more avant garde:

Our other brudders went overseas to do study, maybe can try this style, I think liddat more art (although if we do liddat, we have to charge 200% interest liao) :

What, you think not nice ah? Eh hallo, my brudders took how long to study and design all this ok?

Who are you to criticize if it’s art or not?

People simi SLK0 just use words nia, I use airbrush can?

If my art cannnot, then you tell me lah: what can be classified as art?

If you can give me a good answer, I give you discount on my money lending service, steady?

Post Writing Notes:

Don’t say i “boh tak chek”: art is art even if it is art to one person. But is personal artistic expression for public property? We don’t even want to go there – this is not something a single petition can do; this is something that all of society needs to decide. If SKL0 is free to do what she wants, then so is the Ah-Long or any single person in our country. If you have read the book “Freakonomics”, it talks about how the removal of vandalism on New York trains led to a dip in crime. So it’s not just about creative self expression, it is also about responsibility of civil living.

It is up to you, the reader to decide if you want our public property to be an open canvas for all. The petition is there, go and sign if you feel strongly for it. 

And by the way, this lady should have sought for approval first. Not do first then seek for approval. Unless of course she really intends to be a vandal – anti-social, anti-legal and anti-establishment.

repost from Five Stars & a Moon
Link : Review Arts Censorship: The Petition


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