United Kingdom: Public debate warns of self-censorship in the arts

16 March 2015

Artistic institutions in Britain are increasingly self-censoring subversive material to secure funding and avoid protests, according to a panel of arts grandees. Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, Munira Mirza, deputy mayor for education and culture, and Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights organisation Liberty were among those …

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United Kingdom: Common statement in defense of offensive art

29 September 2014

“We must prevent the repetition of recent ‘successful protests’ in which the artist is silenced by threats of violence towards the institution, the work or the artist him or herself, as we saw with ‘Exhibit B’ in London, and ‘The City’, the hip-hop opera by the Jerusalem-based Incubator Theatre company” …

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United Kingdom: Theatre piece containing nudity censored

14 August 2014

Actress Elizabeth Sogorb is being forced to wear a flesh-coloured catsuit in her performance of La Nina Barro at the fringe because venue The Newsroom has objected to the nakedness which is an integral part of the show. The performance involves Sogorb starting the piece covered in clay, which is …

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United Kingdom: Two concerts with Ugandan rapper cancelled

5 August 2014

Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine (real name: Robert Kyagulanyi) has had two planned performances in the UK pulled after venues learned of the singer’s anti-LGBTI stance, reported Gay News Network on 31 July 2014. A theatre in London and a venue in Birmingham have refused to host upcoming shows by the …

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United Kingdom: Painting removed from exhibition over pubic hair

17 July 2014

Leena McCall’s painting of a tattooed, pipe-smoking woman with her trousers lowered to reveal pubic hair was removed from the 153rd annual Society of Women Artists exhibit in London by the Mall Galleries. It went viral. The painting was deemed to be “too pornographic and disgusting”, the artist said. The …

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BBC: ‘Britain’s Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned’

14 July 2014

BBC broadcasts documentary about ‘Britain’s Most Dangerous Songs’: “The reasons why these songs were censored reveals the changing controversies around youth culture over the last 75 years, with Bing Crosby and the Munchkins among the unlikely names to have met the wrath of the BBC.” “From My Little Stick of …

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United Kingdom: American rapper Eminem banned from show

27 June 2014

Eminem was reportedly banned from performing a show because of ‘offensive’ and ‘unsuitable’ lyrics. » See also: ‘This artist flagged risks across the board’: Eminem is banned from performing in Hyde Park due to ‘offensive’ lyrics   » Source:

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