An effort to censor the curatorial choices at the Metropolitan Museum of Art must be stopped. Certain individuals seek to impinge on the museum's right to self-expression, as well as the public's right to choose for themselves the art they see, in a misguided effort to remove Balthus' painting "Therese Dreaming.'
The censorship may be well-intentioned, but it seeks to impose one individual's values on society as a whole, and to police art to ensure that it conforms to those values. This is undemocratic and anti-American. A goverrnment effort to accomplish the same goals would never be tolerated, and neither should it be if the censor is a private citizen. Censorship should NEVER be tolerated, for any reasons.
Sign the petition and keep today's hot-button issues from determining what art your children and grandchildren can see. One person's interpretation of an artwork should never be used as an excuse to discard America's core values.
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