Sunday, February 7, 2010
Is it art or is going too far?
There is a fine line defining what is considered art. Usually art that comes close to the defining line are highly controversial. In this cartoon the Koran and the Holy Bible are in toilets. Putting a Koran in the toilet is unheard of, and, according to this cartoon and to the US law enforcement, is a hate crime. In fact a man in 2007 was arrested for putting a Koran in the toilet in Manhattan. The Holy Bible is in the same situation but in this circumstance it is art instead of being highly offensive. Both are a controversial statement about religion, but only one is considered art.
There have been many times that the Bible has been a negative subject in art. For example, here is Piss Christ. This photograph, taken by Andres Serrano, depicts a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist's urine. It was highly controversial when this piece was exhibited due to the fact that the government had funded it. I am sure it is still highly controversial considering I have had heated discussions with religious fanatics about this photograph. But it was never considered a hate crime against the Christians.
But why is the Koran so controversial? What makes a crucifix in piss art and a Koran in the toilet a hate crime? It doesn't make sense as to why its okay to make a statement about one religion and cannot do the same with another. In no way are Muslims being directly effected when their holy book is in a toilet, except for their religious pride.