UK Gallery’s Removal of Nude Painting in #MeToo Gesture Slammed as Censorship, by Victoria Friedman.
Inspired by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against sexual assault, the [Manchester Art Gallery] has removed Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) to “prompt conversation” about how artwork is displayed and interpreted.
Manchester Art Gallery blogged the directors’ rationale: “This gallery presents the female body as either a ‘passive decorative form’ or a ‘femme fatale’. Let’s challenge this Victorian fantasy!
“The gallery exists in a world full of intertwined issues of gender, race, sexuality and class which affect us all. How could artworks speak in more contemporary, relevant ways?” …
However, the reaction has been broadly negative with art lovers, women, and even some feminists complaining of censorship, calling it “po-faced politically-correct virtue signalling” and “authoritarian moralising”.
Others have said it is “degrading” and “borderline offensive” to conflate art with the #MeToo debate on sex crimes against women. …
Another Twitter user posted an image of the same scene, with nudes, painted by a woman – disrupting the leftist narrative by posing the question whether only nudes painted by men can objectify women.
Both paintings depict the moment before Hylas, the companion of ancient Greek mythological hero Heracles, is abducted by water nymphs.
Really, the PC world is so political and boring, like only eating lentils.