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Friday, December 03, 2004

Red vs Blue

"...US distributors of the film Merchant of Venice, which premiered in London this week, have asked the director to cut out a background fresco by a Venetian old master so it is fit for American television viewers.

...according to Mr Radford, there was "a very curious request which said 'Could you please paint-box out the wallpaper?'. I said wallpaper, what wallpaper? This is the 16th century, people didn't have wall-paper."

When he examined the scenes, he realised the letter was referring to frescoes by Paolo Veronese, the acclaimed Venetian 16th-century artist, which, when examined closely, showed a naked cupid.

"A billion dollars worth of Veronese great master's frescoes they want paint-boxed out because of this cupid's willy. It is absolutely absurd," he said."

Ha ha. That is hilarious (and little disturbing...come on, Cupid is NOT Satan).

Then again, there's also this:

"...MONTGOMERY - An Alabama lawmaker who sought to ban gay marriages now wants to ban novels with gay characters from public libraries, including university libraries. could also include classic and popular novels with gay characters such as "The Color Purple," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "Brideshead Revisted."

Hmm. This is exactly how the Saudis built a culture of totalitarian religious fundamentalism across the Muslim world. Nice one!!

-- umair // 6:25 PM // 2 comments


This is really ridiculous. The world's number 1 biggest consumer and producer of pornography has problems with a 16th century painting of a willy? I don't know why America is stuck so far in the closet with its sexuality...they're all a bunch of pervs why not just admit and embrace it the way the euros have. I think jesus is pulling the strings on this one.
// Blogger dhd // 6:44 PM

Let Jeffry Dahmer on him loose
// Anonymous Anonymous // 9:02 PM

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