Why Can't We See Painted Breasts on the News?
If a woman is crazy for trying to destroy a classic Gauguin painting, then it's a bit odd for news outlets to censor it when reporting.
By now you've surely read about the
Normally, a person who suffers from mental illness doing something crazy wouldn't be news. What is news, however, is how this story has been covered. Why, for instance, did D.C.'s Fox affiliate censor the image of the painting when reporting it?
According to Gawker, when the Washington Post originally ran the story, it cropped the breasts from photo of the painting (though the full image appears to be up now). What is going on here? One semester of undergrad art history and a cursory Wikipedia search tells me Gauguin is most often associated with Post-Impressionism and Primitivism—meaning these aren't exactly titillating, photo-realistic anatomies. But even that's beside the point. If the premise of the story is that a woman would have to be crazy to attempt to destroy such an innocuous image, then why censor it when reporting the story? What are we in the media so scared of?