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June 23rd, 2008
Word on the Street: Offensive Art

Earlier this month, a Catholic watchdog group protested a student art exhibition that displayed certain religious symbols in a sexually explicit manner. Have you ever been offended by a piece of art?

Lisa, 37
"It hasn't happened yet. there are things that i don't like, but offensive—no. I don't really take on others' projections easily. If you're trying to offend I would probably find it funny, not offensive."
Julian, 26
"No. I'm not an easily offended person. If somebody has a picture or drawing or whatever I can look at for what it is and say it's just a piece of art."
Mark, 25
"I went to an art gallery, and one of the pictures was Jesus with a heart glowing in front of him, and his eyes were crossed and his tongue was out to the side and both of his middle fingers up—and I was offended."
Nicole, 23
"No, I don't think I'd be offended by a piece of art but I could strongly dislike a piece of art. Very easily, actually, I could very strongly dislike a piece of art, but I don't think I would ever take personal offense."
Adam, 26
"I think it's possible to be offended by art but I don't think that is a bad thing. At least if you're offended you are feeling something, and it's better to feel something than nothing at all. I would rather be offended than feel nothing."
Dylan, 25
"I think if you start to edit one thing, then you have to edit everything. If you believe in artistic freedom then you have to believe that everybody should have artistic freedom. As long as you're not hurting someone, would be my general rule."

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