After the Tate, threatened by London police, closed down a show featuring a photo of Brooke Shields at 10, it took it upon itself to pull work by Graham Ovenden from its website. In both instances, the Tate acted against the public interest, which is served by the free flow of information, not appeasement to the paranoid lunacy of the child protection thugs.
This was serious error, as these images are from the Tate’s permanent collection. Since possession of "indecent" images is no more legal than display, the Tate’s guilty behavior would seem to be inviting the Obscene Publications goon squad to come and cleanse the museum's holdings.
History teaches that appeasement in the face of tyranny is unacceptable. At least one could say of Chamberlain, as Churchill did, that whatever one thought, the man acted "with perfect sincerity according to his lights and strove to the utmost of his capacity and authority." We’re sure the Tate acted with perfect sincerity. But to the utmost of its capacity and authority? Not even close.
Read the full story, with the Tate’s official statement, here.