Zuma's glory

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spoedniek (May 22, 2012, 13:55:39 PM):
I wonder how the previous (pre-1994) government would've handled the situation. PW and his voorlaaier painted by a black artist.

It wouldnt have been displayed at a prominent gallery in the first place. Secondly, we're living in far more liberal times now, I seriously doubt anything remotely such as this would have made it to a public gallery regardless of the race of the artist. I recall not allowed in an upstairs section of a gallery as a child because of "adult content" - which now loosely translates into naked women holding apples.

This is true, of course. I have difficulty even remembering those days. I suppose it's similar to asking how that government would've coped with the internet as it is today.
Mefiante (May 22, 2012, 14:15:04 PM):
I suppose it's similar to asking how that government would've coped with the internet as it is today.
They’d’ve labelled it Die Net Gevaar, declared it “subversive”, banned it and made any access to it from within SA’s borders a punishable offence, as evidenced by regular police raids at rock concerts in the eighties. Anything to keep the volk in line.

Brian (May 22, 2012, 14:19:07 PM):
and don't forget the Kerk: "skande, skande"
Jacques (May 23, 2012, 09:25:12 AM):
In case of interest, for those who a) are Cape Town based and b) still consume dead-tree media, I've got an op-ed on this in today's Cape Argus (page 15). It's also the topic of my Daily Maverick column tomorrow.

I'm interested. The Daily Maverick you'll be bale to link us up tomorrow right? (I'll see if I can lay my hands on an Argus)

Yesterday's Argus op-ed: http://synapses.co.za/zumas-spear-distractions-culture/
Today's Daily Maverick column: http://dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2012-05-23-i-see-a-red-door-and-i-want-it-painted-black
Faerie (May 23, 2012, 10:26:07 AM):
I must say, I shouldnt be, but I'm quite surprised at this:

Lawyers acting for the artist behind the controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma will apply for an interdict to force one of the country's biggest churches to stop calling for violence against Brett Murray.
Webber Wentzel lawyer Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti yesterday asked the Nazareth Baptist (Shembe) Church and its spokesman Enoch Mthembu to retract a statement calling for Murray to be stoned to death for the painting in which Zuma's genitals were exposed.

"A person who committed such a serious sin deserves to be stoned to death. And that is according to the church constitution, the Bible, which guides us."

I had this vague notion that xtianity was about forgiveness and not being judgmental... guess I'm confused...



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