Reports of censorship are seen on the news almost daily, but what happens when it’s the news that is doing the censoring?

 

On Monday, Pablo Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” (Version O) was sold for a record breaking $179 million at Christie’s auction in New York. This pricey art sale is news on its own, but many art professionals turned their attention to Fox News.

 

After the painting was auctioned, the local Fox 5 NY, 10 o’clock news reported on the Picasso piece breaking sales records. During their report, the “Women of Algiers” painting was censored by the local Fox station in an attempt to cover the breasts of the painted women.

 

Art professionals and enthusiasts responded to the censorship of the painting by taking their outrage to Twitter. The hashtag “#FreeTheNipple” was added to many tweets against the paintings censorship. American art critic, Jerry Saltz, tweeted that Fox News is “sexually sick” for blurring the Picasso piece, which was retweeted almost 2,000 times.

 

 

Fox station’s “Good Day New York” has since spoken out against their nightly counterparts decision to censor the breasts. They also showed the painting uncensored on air, presenting it in all its glory.

 

 

Now that Fox has responded to the censorship, everyone can start to bring their attention to the fact that someone had enough money to buy a painting for $179 million.

 

Was it wrong to censor the painting? What are your thoughts on censorship as a whole? Leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @Karbowski_Devon!