A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Saturday, July 23, 2005

"Art Director Fired After TV Discussion"

Well, I should say so.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - An art gallery director says she was fired for talking on television about a sexually explicit caricature involving President Bush, an Arab sheik and a barrel of oil.

Susan Buzzi was the Broward Art Guild's executive director and had worked with its gallery for more than 10 years.

Buzzi and Alfred Phillips, who painted the piece, were among several people interviewed by comedian Ed Helms in a spoof news report of the art controversy on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" several weeks ago.

Buzzi said she was told Wednesday that her "services are no longer required" at the gallery.
Good for the Gallery.

Guild board members assured Phillips that Buzzi's firing had nothing to do with exhibiting his work or appearing on the comedy show.

"However, I think the board members used poor judgment in their timing," he said. "It gives the appearance that censorship is alive and well."
I think the board members used excellent judgement. And, private businesses have the right to chose who to employ or not employ. Censorship would be the government firing this loser.