A local TV station covering the news of the sale of Pablo Picasso’s The Women of Algiers (Version O) for a record $179 million blurred out the breasts seen in the painting when the work of art was shown on screen. The famed 1955 painting shows three women’s breasts positioned among of haphazard of cubist shapes. Yet, TV producers at FOX5 in New York found the images of breasts warranted censoring, as though they were graphic nudity. Conservatism run amok! Needless to say, the move did not go over well on social media. A torrent of exasperation followed. In a message posted on Twitter, New York magazine’s art critic Jerry Saltz accused FOX5 producers of being “sexually sick.” Others chimed in on Twitter, using the #freethenipple hashtag, calling the choice to blur the breasts “bizarre” and “pathetic.” Others joked that FOX5 had “retouched” the photo and thus devalued it from its breathtaking $179 million price tag.
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