Monday, May 13, 2013

Censorship or Quality control

Censorship or Quality control?

A recent video “Qatar, Olympic statues, and pornography” commented officials for return to Greece two Olympic statues.  The statues illustrating two Olympic athletes were nude with defined private parts.  This area of the statues did not meet with the Muslim sensibilities of Qatar.  Qatar requested to place a veil around the offending areas, Greek officials balked.  The two statues were sent back to Greece.

The previous video, named above, commended the officials in Qatar for their actions.  Many comments on that video cried censorship and claiming the pornographic statues were works of art.

What is censorship to one is quality control to another.  The people of Qatar are the arbitrators of what is acceptable and not acceptable as public displays of art.  These statues would be met as art in many parts of the world, but not in Qatar.  Perhaps Qatar is attempting to prevent the cultural rot many of us in the West suffer with.      

The Middle Eastern nation of Qatar had an Olympic exhibit at one of their museums in the city of Doha.  Qatar requested from Greece (the birthplace of the Olympics) some artifacts to bolster the exhibition.  The nation of Greece complied and sent numerous ancient Olympic artifacts to the museum.

Two of the objects did not meet with the approval of the officials in Qatar, a Muslim nation.  The two statues are of nude men exposing their private parts.  A Qatar Culture Ministry official requested to place a veil on the offending regions of the two statures.  They did not want to offend the sensibilities of the Muslim females in Qatar.  They were being sensitive to the feelings, customs, and beliefs of their citizens.   

Greek Deputy Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras said the statues should be displayed as they are or shipped home.  The officials in Qatar shipped the pornographic statues back to Greece.  These statues are two to four thousands year old works of art.  Works of art in Greece, while being works of pornography in Qatar.  These statues because of their age, and art classification does not immune them from be labeled as pornography.  Believe it or not there was pornography two to four thousand years ago and to some these statues serve as proof. 

Qatar is a Muslim peninsula nation jutting out into the Persian Gulf.  The exhibit and museum in Doha, Qatar. 

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