Its finally happening. Britain is being gently shuffled into pooterish mediocrity. Whilst the generation of artists that had to face up to Mary Whitehouse and her hateful brigade were confrontational and interesting the generation of British artists that has emerged post cool-britannia produce generic crap.
They don’t have the ability to fathom what the interesting topics are let alone contribute in any meaningful way to breaking taboos or saying something interesting.
The result is a heckling encroachment – not from religious bigots and fanatics whom most agree are lunatics, but from middle-of-the-road plebs relentlessly pounding the notion in our heads that naked images of children not only lead to men committing rape but that the definition of images includes just about everything. We live in a society that looks at angry men burning flags of nations that printed something they find reprehensible and we declare we shall be steadfast in our determination that freedom of expression shall not eroded – shall not be outlawed.
Yet when middleclass men and women stand in their dreary suits and declare that an image taken more than 30 years ago is a danger, we take them seriously.
I await the day when wholly abstract art forms are dictated to be obscene.
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