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Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2006

Dave!One of the most beautiful objects ever created by man is Michelangelo's statue masterpiece, David.

As an art-lover, my life-long ambition has been to visit L'Academia Gallery in Florence so I could personally bear witness to this stunning tribute to the beauty of the human form. On October 16th of last year, I was lucky enough to do just that. I was not at all disappointed. I could write pages on just how amazing an experience it was, but it basically comes down to the fact that David looks as though he is made of flesh and blood instead of stone. All the muscles, the veins, every fold of skin... it's all been so meticulously crafted, that the experience of standing before it can literally take your breath away.

It's that good...

David

There are other statues of course... the exquisite Venus de Milo and the heart-wrenching La Pieta come instantly to mind. But David stands above them all as to what a true artist can accomplish given nothing but a block of stone.

Which brings me to the point of all this.

Boing Boing, one of my favorite sites on the internet, is doing a good thing very wrong.

It would seem that Boing Boing is being blocked by some filtering software due to their displaying "nudity" which is kind of stupid. Any nudity I can remember seeing has either been artistic or informative in nature, and in no way gratuitous or exploitive. I support Boing Boing 100% in their efforts to protest this ridiculous practice, mainly because I've posted content to Blogography (such as the above photo) which would get me censored as well.

What I do not support is the way they are going about it. They have decided to protest the butchering of artistic expression by butchering David to create web badges...

Boycott SmartFilter

I mean, come on... now you've taken a work of sublime artistic beauty and reduced it down to a picture of a penis. I'd pretty much sum that up as the very definition of poor taste. It's no longer an artistic statement, but exploitation for the sake of shock value. I doubt most people seeing such a web badge would even understand that it's a crop of David. All they see is a penis (giggle, snort) which kind of defeats the entire purpose. If you are going to use David as a symbol, "be respectful to the source material"...

Boycott Smartfilter

Otherwise I'd argue that you're no better than the people you're fighting.

   

(They wouldn't let me take photos at L'Academia, so the above photo is by Rico Heil and governed by the GNU Free Documentation License).


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Comments

  1. Belinda says:

    Aww. It’s sweet that you did such a special thing *on my birthday.* What a way to honor me!

    And yes, you’re right. Good thing. Wrong way.

  2. Cavan says:

    Agreed. Actually, I think you should send them an email about it.

  3. Larry B says:

    I wonder if this entry was in any way inspired by your kidney stone episode? After all, it’s got both stone and an implied urethra…

    I hope you’re feeling better and that recurrences are few and very far between.

  4. Belinda says:

    I’m going to be working the phrase “implied urethra” into my everyday conversations now. Thanks, Larry B.!

  5. rach says:

    could you please submit your version of that badge because the i swear the stone penis & testicles are staring at me.

    it’s not really something i’d put on my blog. not to say that i wouldn’t put up other tasteless things, but definitely not the hypnotizing pee-pee.

  6. adena says:

    It’s a shame they don’t let you take pictures at places like L’Academia. You also can’t take any in Sacred Hindu places…that was disappointing for me.

    But, yeah…I agree. Great idea, wrong way to go about it.

  7. NetChick says:

    Oh man. That’s insane.

    I was just in Italy, (Florence, Rome, etc.) and I too, saw Venus de Milo, and David. What remarkable works of ART. Art! Not nudity or lude forms of expression.

    Sheesh.

  8. Bec says:

    My computer fritzed out (again, as always, as usual – take your pick) for a second and made the page load further down than it should so I got the bottom half of the David and the ‘bad’ badge. It is first thing in the morning and I am being confronted by many penises! Did I load the right thing? Has Blogography become a high-class porn site overnight? No, wait. Intelligent points and beautiful images… All is ok…

    So following the initial shock and the reading of the (as usual excellent) entry I have to agree with, well everybody, your badge is so much better… If you look closely, the penis follows you round the room…

  9. Mooselet says:

    You’re so right on this one, Dave. Nothing like stooping to the lowest common denominator and posting a pic of a marble penis to protest nudity being filtered out and blocked. Oy…

    Wasn’t there a Simpson’s episode about David and his bits?

  10. Neil T. says:

    I thought the same too. I copied BoingBoing’s announcement to my blog but stopped short of decorating my blog with penises for that reason. Your image is better anyway :)

    (‘decorating my blog with penises’ … now there’s something I never thought I’d say…)

  11. Bre says:

    It actually surprises me that the first thing that would come to mind when considering David would be his nudity. Because, while he certainly is nude, it’s about more than that. The story he tells is told through his stance, the tilt of his head, the muscle through his arms, not solely in his nudity.

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