Butt plugs and burning churches

J.J. Charlesworth on art censorship, from the December 2014 issue

By J.J. Charlesworth

Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Mujeres Públicas, Cajita de Fósforos, 2005. Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

President François Hollande is really into butt plugs. That’s right, you heard it here first – the president of the French Republic is totally up for the popular anal pleasurement devices. Sort of. OK, so maybe I’m paraphrasing a bit. But what he did say was, ‘France will always be on the side of artists, just as I am on the side of Paul McCarthy, whose work was sullied, no matter what one’s opinion of the piece may have been.’…

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