I am a FIRM believer that the arts reflect the times in which they are created. I, like you, do not enjoy everything all the time. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder blah blah blah; or yadda yadda yadda for you Seinfeld fans. I’m not here to comment on the validity of using racial, social or sexual slurs in literature or music.
But YOU CAN NOT EDIT THE WORK OF MARK TWAIN! Yes I’m all-capping all over the place in this one folks. In the first article listed below we discover that Huckleberry Finn has been republished with the “N” word replaced with “slave”. REALLY? What’s next? IS NOTHING SACRED?
Colloquial English, and the evolution of English, has been taught for eons. We study the evolution of our society as represented in art and music as well. Are we now to crouch down, with hands over ears chanting lalalala pretending work we don’t enjoy doesn’t exist, because the language or image is no longer acceptable by society as a whole?
Take the word “bitch” for instance. We know that it means a female dog. Dog breeders use this word freely and without negativity. It was only through misogynistic use of this word that it became a pejorative term. The language evolved (albeit unfortunately).
In Lucialand we look at the ever evolving arts and hope we have learned from our past. We have learned through open discussion that certain images and language are deemed offensive to a demographic and we hope that the use of these things will dwindle out of our lexicons as we educate ourselves about the impact. Slang isn’t going away, it merely evolves.
People have the right to publish whatever they want when it’s fresh. Blogs are a testament to this. Millions of people have died for freedom of speech. I personally have made my living writing in, and for, the voice of others to effectively reflect their message. I CAN NOT AND WILL NOT support editing the great work of a man deceased.
One could say we should “refudiate” this adamantly, but if you do my brain will explode.
Shall we edit the Bible, the Torah or the Quran now because a large group disagrees with some of the literature? Not that I’m equated your God with Mark Twain but the principle remains the same. Literature reflects our times and we ought to be very careful about censoring history.
With rap music propagating misogynistic and criminal attitudes, television propagating the sexualisation of children, magazines promoting unhealthy body images and pharmaceutical companies advertising dangerous medications as quick fixes, I say we are in Dire Straits when we ban once loved music and edit beloved classic literature to suit what is becoming an ever narrowing perspective on the diversity of society.
As I stated in “Be Careful What You Google For”, our perspective is influenced by our personal choices. We are in charge of what we promote. If you don’t like something turn the freakin channel, don’t edit history.
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