Covering Up Our Culture to ‘Avoid Giving Offense’



Gatestone Institute:

Three years ago, the Italian government made a shameful decision. It veiled its antique Roman statues to avoid offending Iran’s visiting President Hassan Rouhani. Nude statues were encased in white boxes. A year earlier, in Florence, another statue featuring a naked man in Greco-Roman style had also been covered during the visit of the crown prince of Abu Dhabi. Now, one of the most famous British art galleries has covered two paintings, after Muslim complaints that they were “blasphemous“.

At the Saatchi Gallery in London, two works, again featuring nudes, this time overlaid with Arabic script, prompted complaints from Muslim visitors, who requested that the paintings be removed from the Rainbow Scenes exhibition. In the end, the paintings were covered with sheets. “The Saatchi is behaving like Saudi Arabia, hiding from public view artworks that blaspheme against Islam”, commented Brendan O’Neill on Spiked. One expert described the paintings as “The Satanic Verses all over again“. The reference was to the book by Salman Rushdie, a British citizen, published in 1988. Iran’s “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989 condemned Rushdie to death for writing the book. The bounty on Rushdie’s head was increased to $4 million in 2016 when a group of Iranians added $600,000 to the “reward” — with no protest from Britain.


18 Comments on Covering Up Our Culture to ‘Avoid Giving Offense’

  1. “In the 20 years since the publication of The Satanic Verses the fatwa has effectively become internalised.” They’re saying the West is self-censoring itself, I guess through the leftist enemedia, academe, the art galleries, the Pope. Leftists respect islam’s control of the masses–the Leftist-Islamic Alliance, like Sarsour and Women’s March.

  2. Once again, we Europe falls to Islam, kiss all the art goodbye. If I had the money (and still drank), I would be buying up as much wine and liquor from Bordeaux, the Loire, Burgundy, Champagne, Cognac and Piedmont (Italy) as I could and store it in a cave somewhere because all of that is going to be wiped out.

  3. They’re(muzztards) going to sh*t when visit an American Wal-mart…

  4. Well, if the idiots that run Iran had any sense of humor or really wanted to stick a dagger to the West they would time their next visit to Italy during next year’s Gay Pride parade. Just imagine the chaos that would ensue as the Italian Government tries to make a Gay Pride event “G”; not X, not R, not PG-13 or even PG but G. Talk about get the popcorn.

    Best to have stood up for Western Civ and actually stood by “When in Rome…”.

  5. So, I guess that museum that featured the crucifix in a jar of urine didn’t receive any complaints? How about the one that featured the Virgin Mary covered in manure?

  6. TO Ohio Dan
    That was Greece…this is Roma (which, with its new leadership, should be quite different than before…).

  7. That which is beautiful and provides thought, should NOT be covered up.

    Fascism meets fascism in an Italian museum no less?

    @Therealtruthserum – If I could up that comment a 100 I would.

    @ Tony R – I think it was the Crooklyn Museum of Art for at least the ‘Piss Christ’ or ‘Dung Mary’ ‘installation’. Garbage at best. Not beautiful!

    Paging Norman Rockwell (The Four Freedoms) and John Singer Sargent, Gassed:

    Just thought… why we see pieces of Christendom in sculpture, heads are missing. Makes sense now…


  8. I wonder if a display of mohammedan heads on pikes would offends them? 🤔

    If so, I’ll set one up right away! 😀

  9. Muzzies cannot be expected to control themselves when sexually excited…… they are fookin’ rabid animals and should be put down as such.
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

  10. Speaking of ‘culture,’ Italian men must have changed since my experience with them decades ago. They didn’t care what anyone thought. They were typical, egoistical, Italian type-A’s, who, in generations past, would have the (almost) uncontrollable instinct to kill Muslims on sight, I think.

  11. I’m surprised nobody mentioned that Georgetown U and Notre Dame covered up Christian symbols so as not to offend our 44th President.

  12. It was the Knights Hospitaller that saved their bowls of pasta from Suleiman’s hordes in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. If Malta fell, Rome was probably their next target.


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