Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Forum: Don't be so quick to remove 'offensive' drawing

Interpreting a drawing that does not come with an explanation of what the artist wanted to express would depend very much on the viewer's perception.

I believe the Esplanade should not have overreacted and removed the drawing so swiftly, unless it was clearly explained that the drawing was expressing obscenity, or deemed absurd or offensive to the majority (Esplanade pulls out artwork after 'obscenity' complaints; June 7).

While we do not want children to learn the wrong things, it is impossible to block all obscene or offensive material from them in this Internet age of free-flowing information.

A better way is for parents to instil proper core values in their children so they are able to differentiate between right and wrong.

We built our nation on trust and equality, and we pride ourselves on achieving a free and inclusive society.

So, let us not try to be moral guardians of others, and to accept one another with an open mind, even if we do not agree with other lives or beliefs.

It is with such understanding, faith, respect, open-mindedness and embracing one another's views that we can truly build an inclusive and harmonious society that we all enjoy and live in happily.

Lim Soo Huat

Ref: http://str.sg/oY6j

You may want to read Drawing the line between artistic and obscene

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