Art and Culture # 19: Offense and how Offense Should be Accepted

5 Mar
Art and Culture # 19; Offense and How Offense Should be Accepted

For the Uncensored!

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If we’re going to look at the idea of offense and the wisdom that offensive literature, movies, and songs have proved, is that offense is what a person is offended by, not a society. For a little historical context, let’s travel in the time machine, when the world was a different place, and in our time machine, time rewinds. It’s nice to watch history from a time machine, as we sit back and see the major things happening once again.

            But when I stop the time machine, we walk out into a crowded theater in London. There’s this new film, or based on a book, Clockwork Orange. Anthony Burgess is quite pleased with the Kubrick film, but Kubrick is a squirrely American. But then, fast forward, because in that Summer, Clockwork Orange is facing charges of creating copy cat murders, and then what happens? Stanley Kubrick pulled the film from theater chains, because of threats received by police.

            Kubrick was hated for three decades, and every Englishman and woman had to see Clockwork Orange, but he only banned it in the UK. Not everywhere else. 

            The charges? Because the British society, in the early 70’s, were offended by the violence portrayed in the film.

            Now, let’s all take a deep breath, and think about it. If being offended is a crime, it means you could kill a creator because you had the right to do so, because you were offended by the violence against hobos, women, and then done to Alex, the main character, himself by the government in order to “teach him to be better.” But that’s wrong children. That doesn’t create long lasting art.

            The problem is, if Kubrick pulled his film out of the UK, but didn’t ban it elsewhere, that seemed deliberate. It was pulled by Kubrick himself, but the thing is, if Clockwork Orange offended people, it worked. The book and the movie still work to this day. 

            Smell the streets in London, before you leave. It’s a place where hand sanitizer didn’t exist. It’s when your parents were young and there parents were acting like stodgy old curmudgeons. And they thought, that wouldn’t happen. 

            Now, as we get back in the time machine, we see that our parents turned into there parents, raging about rap music and heavy metal, South Park, Harry Potter, and then ultimately getting to ban things that we love. 

            Seriously, our parents and there offenses are the most hypocritical thing we can ever imagine. It’s not bad to be offended by things, but people are going to like what they should. Kids need to evolve past there parents and break the chain on there influence, because we need to find new things to be offended by, and sometimes, it’s easy to offend people just by being yourself. 

            Yes, if people just said things honestly and directly, you would be fired so quickly from that job you applied so hard for. If you wrote an article like the NYT did, you would be sued by the NYT because “they were offended.”

            Good, because people need to be offended. If everyone is some boring yesteryear version Gen-Exer camera guy with some fake bravado but crumbles when he’s called a “fag” then I think you have won the battle. 

            It just turns out the people who are offended now want to erase my history and what I grew up with. Well, fuck you Tipper Gore, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, the Bushes, Mitch McConnel, Chuck Schumer, Dick Cheney, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Andrew “kill old people” Cuomo. I hope you try and erase everything, but I will be here to remind you that you are a bunch of pathetic politicians who did nothing for years. I hope the leftists are offended, and try to cancel me, because Art, as I am an artist, is meant to offend the very Cretans who would dictate imaginary laws that keep regular people from advancing in life.

But aside from that, It’s nice to see that people are being offended. I think people got too comfortable being not offended. But Art, when restricted, doesn’t offend and it’s not interesting. It makes no sense to pretend that offensive art can be banned, because if that means Dr. Seuss can be offensive, you shouldn’t read me, children.

Because I remember a time when proactive artists were daring and bold and managed to piss off there contemporaries and the young, because they had an authority. And as GK Chesterton said, “The word Author is in authority.”

I am an artist and writer and know that offense is good, because even I need to be offended, but not censor or get people fired. It starts a conversation, and we need that today. If those faded Gen-Exers and Boomers and Millennials actually did something with there lives, maybe they wouldn’t try to censor people and what they think.
            Offense, lastly, is subjective.

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