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Brigham Young University Censors Gay Art Exhibit

December 9, 2008

This is not one of those I am shocked and cannot believe it stories.  The sad fact is that the story below is all too believable.

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Hat tip for story and photo to Dan Savage.  And from the artist.

Brigham Young University pulled an art exhibit that featured the faces of a series of BYU students.  In each pair one of the faces was that of an openly gay person, and the other was a supportive straight friend.  But which was which?  The point of course is that who knows, and ultimately who cares.

But the keepers of all things ‘moral’, better known as the Mormons, working through the BYU bureaucracy, pulled the art exhibit and sent it packing.  Too risky for sure.  I mean, how can you teach people to become torch-wielding villagers if you have thoughtful exhibits that open minds and remove antiquated ideas?

When places of higher learning forget that the role of education is to open doors and break down barriers, then it might be time to consider some wholesale changes.  In the case of BYU it might just be time to bring in the Clorox and clean the gene pool.

The artist conludes with these words on his blog post concerning this matter….

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is an amazing philosophy that suggests that change starts within each of us. It is my hope that this body of work will be a vehicle for tolerance, support, love and change.

2 Comments
  1. jayhova permalink
    December 13, 2008 6:14 AM

    According to the story, the artwork was taken down because of a “administration miscommunication.” If this is true and the work was quickly placed back up again censorship never took place. Mistakes happen, so don’t get frustrated and see things that aren’t really there. Isn’t that the point of your artwork anyways?

  2. VoiceofReason permalink
    December 9, 2008 7:38 PM

    Just in case anyone wants to read his story and view the photos, the artist has moved his blog to http://jmichaelwiltbank.blogspot.com/

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