Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Artwork of a Pig in Police Uniform

Image credit: Webpage, May 07, 2019

A high school student's artwork depicting a pig in a police uniform was taken down by the organizers of an annual student art show in Madeira, a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA. 

In the pictorial, the pig is standing in front of collaged newspaper headlines about police using deadly force. 

The unnamed student had created the graphic as a response to the following assignment: “Take current event articles published in newspapers or magazines on a similar topic and then summarize those articles into a visual representation of the feelings and emotions within the articles selected”. 

Anyway, somebody had filed a complaint – although there was no mention of who the complainant was. 

The Madeira Police Department would not confirm or deny whether they asked for the painting to be removed. 

From WCPO: “The members of the Madeira Police Department fully respect and support the student’s right to free speech and recognize that this young artist is very talented”, (a police) statement reads. 

“However, officers are troubled by the perceived message of the student’s art project”. 

So was Lieutenant Dan Hils, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police and a frequent defender of Cincinnati officers whose use of force becomes the subject of public discussion. 

Hils said two Mondays ago that he was saddened by the piece but would not have asked for it to be removed. 

FYI, ‘pig’ is a derogatory term that commonly refers to the police. It was frequently used during the 19th century, disappeared for a while, but reappeared during the 20th and 21st centuries. It was popularly adopted during the 1960s and 1970s in the anti-establishment culture. Furthermore, the adult cartoon, Fritz The Cat (1972), portrayed the police as pigs, adding to the currency of the term.

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