FOX Slammed For Blurring ‘Naughty Bits’ Of Picasso Painting Sold At Auction


A painting by artist Pablo Picasso sold at auction this week, breaking auction records and FOX News blurred out the naughty bits – namely the boobs. Pablo Picasso boobs.

The cubist painter’s work, representing a few naked body parts and one scantily clad woman, was shown on FOX after the piece broke the record for most expensive piece of art to sell at auction. According to the BBC the 1955 painting, Women of Algiers, sold for $179.3 million, beating the world record of $142.2 million set in 2013 by Francis Bacon’s painting Three Studies of Lucien Freud.

Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York magazine took to Twitter Wednesday night blasting FOX for their smudge job, tweeting, “How sexually sick are conservatives & Fox News? They blurred parts of the Picasso painting,” with the hashtag #SickMinds.

He continued his tirade throughout the week with this:

And then re-tweeted this one from Vulture later that day:

FOX of course blamed the blurring of boobs on a producer on the night crew and will likely take shots at Saltz for his apparent obsession with boobs.

One might speculate that the producer responsible for this blurring is from a different era. An era that FOX and GOP want us all to return to — When men were men and women were property, but then one would have to speculate what the producer was doing up so late at his age.

It’s not the first time Conservatives have had their sensibilities offended. In 2002, then Attorney General John Ashcroft had a 12 foot statue of the Spirit of Justice from the 1930’s covered up because it displayed an exposed breast. And just to be sure that the kids wouldn’t get any ideas, he also covered up the Majesty of Law statue; a man with a cloth covering his midsection. Both statues have been displayed at the Justice Department since the 1930’s.

FOX and Conservatives have a problem with nudity and in particular female nudity. They probably want to spare the children the horrors of sex before marriage or for that matter the horrors of sex during and after marriage. When it comes to grisly acts of murder and shootings however, FOX has no problem doing what needs to be done to scare just about everyone — In the name of news of course.

Earlier this year FOX defended its decision to air what appeared to show the Islamic State burning alive Jordanian fighter pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, saying, “Tonight, we are going to show you some of the images ISIS has put out,” he said. “The images are brutal. They are graphic. They are upsetting. You may want to turn away. You may want to have the children leave the room right now.”

FOX’s executive vice president John Moody gave the following explanation in a statement to The Huffington Post:

After careful consideration, we decided that giving readers of the option to see for themselves the barbarity of ISIS outweighed legitimate concerns about the graphic nature of the video.

Last year FOX also aired a graphic video of a car chase ending in a man shooting himself on live TV, but no cubist boobs.

According to FOX it’s perfectly acceptable to air gruesome images and videos of people being burned alive and shooting themselves at any time of the day no matter who is watching, but a painting by a cubist who painted boobs is unacceptable and their viewers need be protected from such ghastly images lest they be scarred for life.

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