Category Archives: Free Speech

In defense of art: no sacred cows

“Mexican artist Fabián Cháirez stands next to his painting of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata, straddling a horse nude, wearing high heels and a pink hat, at the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City on Dec. 11, 2019. Marco Ugarte/AP”

Recently, Mexican artist Fabian Chairez, displayed his controversial painting of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City as part of a Zapata exhibition with more than 140 pieces, and people lost their minds over it. Protests erupted in violence outside of the museum and protesters rushed into the museum lobby, threatening to block the entrance until the painting was removed. Descendants of Zapata himself have threatened to sue the artist and the museum for the high crime of depicting Zapata as gay.

At the core of this “controversy” you have two things. One: art. Two: people who dislike said art. That’s it.

Some guy painted an image that some people dislike and now we’re stuck in this circular argument of what constitutes “art” and who gets to decide what’s offensive.  

The people in category two believe that the painting is so wholly offensive to their delicate sensibilities that no one should be allowed to see it and that it should not exist, period. Further, they believe the artist should be punished for even daring to create it. 

I disagree. Continue reading In defense of art: no sacred cows

A case of the LatinX crabs and Gustavo Arellano

Ugh. So, on New Year’s Eve, I swore off internet drama (for the umpteenth time) and vowed to head into 2018 sucka free, but here I am again, asking for trouble. But I feel that I need to speak on this issue, if for nothing else, for my own peace of mind. Recently, I learned that writer, Gustavo Arellano (former editor of the OC Weekly), was hired by online Latino rag, Remezcla, as an editor, only to be fired by them a couple days later due to the threat of a boycott by a small group of hysterical people online. Naturally, I followed the story and instantly recognized the social media pitchforks and torches used, because they were used on me not too long ago. It’s always crazy how small the web is but I digress.  Continue reading A case of the LatinX crabs and Gustavo Arellano