The Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg and the City Press newspaper displayed a Brett Murray painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, which has upset the ANC and has divided public opinion in the country. Taken aback by what they saw as a ”distasteful and vulgar” work of art, representatives of the ANC including Jackson Mthembu and Mac Maharaj asked the Goodman to remove the painting from the exhibition, their website, and all other promotional materials on the grounds that it insulted the dignity of the presidency. President Jacob Zuma himself says he was “shocked, and felt personally offended and violated” when he saw a copy of artist Brett Murray’s painting The Spear for the first time. He says The painting depicts him as “a philanderer, a womaniser and one with no respect”. Zapiro's cartoon says if Zuma wants respect he should earn it. Zapiro's cartoon has taken the Brett Murray's painting to another level. - A shower below the belt!
Art / Freedom of expression / Portrait / Brett Murray / Censorship
"With apology to Brett Murray"
No apology to President Zuma
Want respect ?... Earn it
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