Ok, this will be tought provoking.
Is it art or is it offensive?
If it’s art, and offensive, should it be censored?
The piece by artist James Parlin, called “The Middle School Science Teacher Makes a Decision He’ll Live to Regret,” had been part of an exhibit at Bowling Green State University’s Firelands campus. The campus’ interim dean removed the sculpture last week. The sculpture depicts a girl and a teacher engaging in a sex act.
The National Coalition Against Censorship, based in New York City, condemned the university’s actions, saying it raised serious free-speech concerns. On its blog, the coalition said removing the sculpture was “an unacceptable violation of the academic freedom to openly discuss ideas and social problems in a public university.”
According to the AP story,
The university issued a statement saying it “strongly supports the right of free speech and artistic expression. However, we also have a responsibility to not expose the children and families we invite to our campus to inappropriate material.”
The coalition said the university could have taken steps short of removing the sculpture, such as posting signs for parents or closing the gallery during children’s productions at the theater next door.