The Spear is a painting by Cape Town-based South African artist, Brett Murray. It depicts South African President Jacob Zuma in a pose reminiscent of Lenin, with his genitals exposed. On Tuesday 22 May, 2 man walked into the Goodman Gallery with paint and in a smear campaign destroyed the painting. What was bizarre to see how a security guard WWE style tackled one of the protestors who wasn’t even resisting arrest.
The painting was distasteful and I think very irresponsible to publish it all over the place especially since kids could easily get hold of these images. It is unfortunate that humanity has left us and we can’t respect each other. What I find amusing one of the cartoons that was mocking this painting was talking about earning respect. Great way to teach someone respect by disrespecting them.
The freedom of expression debate goes on.