That infamous T-shirt Cradle of Filth is perhaps best known for at this point will be on display as part of an exhibition in New Zealand that starts this Saturday.
The Cradle of Filth shirt, featuring a nun on the front masturbating with a crucifix, and the phrase “Jesus Is A Cunt” on the back, was infamously banned in new Zealand in 2008.
The shirt will be displayed at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch for an exhibit called “T-shirts Unfolding.”
The museum has defended its right to include the T-shirt in question in the exhibition, which “explores the story of the garment over its 100-year history and the way in which t-shirts have been used as an expression of popular culture.”
Reports claim the Taxpayers’ Union has called the exhibition a poor use of government resources.
“Our objection isn’t to the T-shirt per se, our objection is ratepayer money being used for what is, at best, an item with little cultural or historic value,” said Taxpayers’ Union executive director Jordan Williams.
“In matters of taste there is a higher onus on publicly funded bodies to avoid funding matters of a highly dubious nature. One can argue that restrictions on freedom of speech and blasphemy are unjustified, while also acknowledging that higher standards should apply to what public money is used to promote,” he added.
Director Anthony Wright of Canterbury Museum explained that the shirt in question was “a tiny part of the overall exhibition” and it is there “because it is a valid part of an overall story about a whole cultural movement.”
“We’ve got to balance that up against anyone that might be offended, and we’ve bent over backwards to make sure that anyone who might be offended won’t come into contact with anything offensive,” said Wright.
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