Thursday, 6 January 2011

Politics: Mona Lisa's Moustache

It's finally happened: the politically correct crowd has gone totally bonkers...

I mean, censoring (and censoring is what it is) Mark Twain, so that readers are not "offended" by the word "nigger" (apparently more politically correct, i.e. neutral, word "slave" was used) is on par with taking a felt tip pen to Mona Lisa to add a moustache - for whatever reason. Shall we also go through every single other book and replace a third person neutral "he" with "one" or "s/he" - and do it as far back in the past masters as we possibly can? What happened to the value of art as our window into the past - and that includes both past language and customs. A portrayal of American South in Tom Sawyer's and Huck Finn's time is not true and honest if we do not also portray the language they spoke - and especially so when the text was written at the time, and by a writer deeply immersed in it himself.

Really, world, do think thrice next time before you take a spray can to a Picasso...