Chinese state TV censors genitals of Michelangelo’s David; netizens amused
From Sina Weibo
One man’s meat is another man’s poison. It seems that employees working at China Central Television find David, a masterpiece created by the Italian artist Michelangelo, so distasteful that they blurred David’s private parts in a newscast about an exhibition in the National Museum of China. The video clip and the picture of a censored David have become viral on Chinese social media and are derided by netizens.
Video clip (Jump to 0’49″ for the censored David)
According to the video clip of the television newscast, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Museum of China, the largest ever exhibition of Italian artworks of the 15th and 16th centuries opened on July 7 and will be running until April 30,2013. The three-part exhibition, titled Renaissance in Florence: Masterpieces and the protagonists, showcases works of master artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and Michelangelo. Many of the artworks had never been shown to the Chinese public before.
“Now Venus de Milo will have to wear a bra!” A net user exclaimed. “The cover-up will only further demonstrate their sordid minds and dirty souls,” another user commented.
The news program was aired on CCTV’s news channel at 11:48 a.m. on July 9. It is said that the unexpectedly massive online repercussions to the pixelization of the artwork made CCTV give in, and in a later rerun of the newscast, the statue’s nudity was shown in its entirety again.
番薯骑士: The obscene can only see obscenity!
小洁：Wow, what a country of etiquette!
寻求真相0：This is artwork! Why even this one gets a mosaic (slang for pixelization) in this amazing country? Just don’t display it then!
天九明：Actually, if you don’t blur it, people won’t think too much about it and instead just see it as a piece of artwork. Now that you’ve blurred it, it makes people uncomfortable and think too much! Huh!
野岅惠美：Isn’t it normal for a children’s channel? Don’t make a fuss.
黑刀螂：What kind of filth is in the head of such a mouthpiece for the state!
橘子哥：This has really ruined such a great art treasure.