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American campus debate: Is it censorship or simply courtesy?

18 April 2012

A confrontation over an art piece containing adult content has been seething within the Arts Building of Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver, USA, where accusations of censorship caused the controversy to boil over.

According to The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a student’s work of art on a campus cannot be prohibited if the work has meaningful artistic value. However, when artist Estee Fox hung a mixed media piece of art titled ‘Garbage Vagina’ on one of the “Post Artwork Here” walls (now the “Post Approved Artwork Here” walls) in the Arts Building of Auraria Higher Education Center, some students took it into their own hands to censor Fox’s artwork. The first attempt by a student involved ripping down Garbage Vagina and leaving a message on the back reading, “Not here. People bring their innocent children into this building. Show some fucking courtesy.”

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UCD Advocate – 18 April 2012:
Art censorship stifles speech

 
 
 
 
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