6 World-Famous Artworks & How Fox 5 News Would (Probably) Censor Them
While reporting on the record breaking $179 million sale of a painting sold at auction, Fox 5 News blurred parts of Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version O)." The local New York City Fox station's decision to censor boobs out of the painting has caused quite an outrage among the art world and "free the nipple" advocates alike, certainly offending more people than if they had just shown the painting as is. The official "free the nipple" Twitter tweeted on Thursday: "#FoxNews broadcasted both the sale of Picasso's Women of Algiers for $179M as well as their shameless misogyny." (It should be noted that Fox News and Fox 5 News are different stations; Fox 5 is owned by Fox Broadcasting Company, and Fox News by 21st Century Fox.)
The art world is full of nude sculptures and erotic paintings and once you start censoring creativity, it's difficult to know where to draw the line. If Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version O)" painting is too revealing for Fox 5 News, most of the art world must also be off limits, both modern and historic. Are we returning to the religious censorship of the Renaissance, when fig leaves covered the "immoral" parts of nudes? Since Fox 5 news can't handle a few painted boobs, here are some other famous works of art Fox 5 News would also need to censor.
Michelangelo is no stranger to censorship. In fact, he's been called "the most censored artist" because of people's continuous attempts to cover up or take down his nude art works. Perhaps his most well-known masterpiece, "David" would definitely need some major blurring to meet Fox 5 News' standards.
Edouard Manet's "Olympia" flaunts much less abstract boobs than the blurred Picasso, so it would definitely need to be photoshopped for Fox 5. Luckily it wouldn't take too long to blur since her hand is strategically placed, doing half the work for them.
"The Large Bathers"
Renoir has countless paintings of naked women sleeping, relaxing, and bathing. Like the rest of them, "The Large Bathers" shows a lot of boob that Fox 5 would insist on blurring.
"The Birth of Venus"
Sandro Botticelli's iconic "The Birth of Venus" would need a little censoring to make it on the air as well, as the painter left a few boobs exposed.
Gustav Klimt's "Judith I" and "Judith II" both show a topless femme fatale that would no doubt offend Fox 5 News.
"Venus of Willendorf"
This ancient sculpture of the female figure, believed to have been used as a fertility goddess, would also need some photoshop action by Fox 5, since the statue's boobs are pretty hard to miss.
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