I like hearing about offended people in America because it makes me feel less scared of the situation here in Canada. I was listening to the CBC yesterday and they were talking to a “male feminist” and an Art History student about offensive facial hair.
A Toronto art Gallery has an exhibit that includes Frida Kahlo and Dali. To promote it and get young people interested, they’re handing out Kahlo unibrows and Dali mustaches and if you wear them you get a discount. Seems like a harmless way to drum up business and generate interest in the show? Apparently not. Apparently, it’s offensive. The host wants to know which is more offensive: a Frida unibrow or a Dali mustache. The man thinks both are REALLY offensive but the female student thinks just the unibrow is offensive. But they’re both in agreement that both should be banned. I’m not exactly sure why they’re offensive. Something about trivializing the work of the artist and reducing them to a symbol? The Art History student had some theory about Dali being “self deprecating about his mustache” so it’s more okay to ridicule it than Frida’s eyebrows. I couldn’t hear the rest because I was punching the radio in my car too hard.
The show is here. Forgive me if I got some details wrong. I was yelling at the radio half the show.
So, the publicly funded CBC and some publicly funded students are scoffing at a publicly funded museum for trying to make some money in the real world? That’s what they really find offensive: capitalism. Which is fine but you’re not allowed to be taking capitalist’s tax dollars as you do it.
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