Free Speech and artistic expression
bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
24 October 2015
Watching this episode instead of Andres Serrano and the 'Piss Christ'
painting that was so controversial, I thought of that failed artist
turned house painter who worked in Vienna in the last century, Adolph
Hitler. If instead of turning to politics he decided to become a critic
of his contemporaries and did what he did to artists and in this case
art patron what the world would have missed had he limited the scope of
his psychotic rage.
The murder victim is a rich young woman who patronizes budding artists
and in this case her largess was directed at Steven Ogg who painted a
work showing a woman with no hands. That offended Bruce MacVittie so he
kills the victim and slices her hands off in the process.
It's free speech and artistic expression that are at issue here for Sam
Waterston and Angie Harmon. Yet the very fact that the painting's
offensiveness is being used by the defense as MacVittie's excuse for
murder. Of course the hope is that the jury will deadlock finding at
least one similarly minded puritan among the twelve.
MacVittie like Hitler was a struggling artist. What if some people had
bought one or three of Adolph's works? The mind boggles.
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