Toronto’s Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) held a student art exhibit entitled “The Festival of the Body” which included a piece featuring the black outline of a nude woman on a green Islamic prayer mat.
Cue the predictable outrage from the usual suspects.
OCAD received a formal complaint from the school’s Muslim Student Association along with a manifesto of demands such as the immediate removal of the piece, an investigation into how it was ever approved, and whether the approval was done “out of ignorance or not.”
And of course the MSA wanted an official grovelling apology.
Well, actually, no they didn’t. OCAD’s media and communications manager, said:
“We respect the Muslim Student Association has their opinions, and this is an important dialogue around this piece. It’s a matter of looking at both sides.”
Except it seems only the side demanding censorship, investigations and apologies, ever prevails.
Ironically, a mandatory art history course at OCAD includes an infamous piece called Immersion (a.k.a., "Piss Christ"), Andres Serrano’s photograph of a plastic cross submerged in a tank of the artist's urine.