Monday, August 18, 2008

Christian Marital Love Porn

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart is probably best known for saying that he could not define hardcore pornography, but he knew it when he saw it. Clearly, I can’t say the same thing regarding whether a photo is “too racy” for the Indiana State Fair.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Fair execs removed the work of its photography contest WINNER after two or three people complained each day that it was too risqué.

Please look at this photo, and tell me your thoughts. Here's mine. This guy says he’s a conservative Christian, which proves that those who want to censor will always devour their own because the next person’s sensitivity with be greater than the person before.

As is true with many life lessons, The Simpsons told the tale. Marge lead a successful protest against violence in cartoons (understandable), but when she wouldn’t lead a protest against Michaelangelo’s David because she thought it was a masterpiece that even children should see, she was accused of “being soft on full-frontal nudity.” That episode always cracked me up. Now it doesn’t seem so funny because those women apparently moved to Indianapolis.

Seriously, if this post-wedding photo is racy, how in the world does Indianapolis get away with the extremely mini, min-skirt wearing, sashaying woman in the electronic sign outside the Old Point Tavern on the South corner of Mass Ave? She looks like she should be in a hip hop video.

But what really amuses me about this story is that these are the same state fair execs who arguably brought you the first known example of "human-ing." (See fictitious rumors of "gerbiling" which dogged Richard Gere for years for comparison).

Specfically, the Indiana State Fair brought you a 40-foot long, four-foot tall model of a human colon with the porn name ("Coco") for you to "penetrate" fully, as you walk through it. No wonder Coco has hemorrhoids.

Also, no word on the number of complaints from the cockroach tractor pull. And, no, I'm not kidding.


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9 comments:

varangianguard said...

This cracks me up. "Nice" women don't sit there with their legs spread, I guess.

Good Lord. If you don't like it, don't look, lady. Go out and have a nice fried Bananas Foster to assuage your propriety.

Not what I would want for a wedding photo myself, but hey, I'm not the wedding photo police either.

Vox Populi said...

My favorite part of the story was the careful editing job done:

Baughn said he learned two weeks ago that judges had awarded him first prize in the wedding photography contest. But when Baughn visited the exhibition Thursday afternoon, he founded his blue ribbon hanging next to an empty patch of wall.

True Conservative said...

Next they will be burning library books. Would not this have been a better story if the powers that be stood up to such people?

Jon E. Easter said...

Unreal IPOPA...Unreal! When I see the term risqué it's not marital bliss. It's a beautiful photo. A shame the fair caved.

Sean Shepard said...

Yeahhhhh. That's a pretty tame photo.
I don't see what all the fuss was about.

We need to be careful to not become a society of people too afraid of criticism or offending someone. As our population grows especially, it is possible the actual number of complaints for such things would go up but the actual percentage of those who take offense goes down.

The "tyranny of a vocal minority" can be just as bad as the "tyranny of the masses."

And true conservative we're not at the burning stage yet but last I knew books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men and The Catcher in the Rye are frequently banned from school libraries.

Lalita said...

I can imagine a bride plopping down in that godawful pile of crinolins and taffety after the meat-grinder that is a wedding day -- just a quite moment together before the next piece of the bridal industrial complex takes over.

We're, well, weird here. We react quickly when some tenderoni sees something that sets his or her heart a-twitter (like lingerie on display at Victoria's Secret which sells--wait for it--lingerie) but we proclaim our superiority to the Middle East--"See? We got freedom here."

Lalita said...

Just one more thing, cuz I'm confused: it's morally "righteous" to pull a picture of a fully-clothed bride and groom or a picture of "David" at an event the prides itself on its prowess at animal husbandry.

Pigs porking each other?!

iPOPA said...

Lalita:

If animals OTHER than pigs are having sex, can you use the term "porking?" Wouldn't cows, for example, be "meat packing"? Hmmm. An essay on silly sexual euphemisms for an overly uptight society might be in the works.

Lalita said...

Eye Poppa,

You are one, disturbed individual.