Monday, January 10, 2011

More Smoking Censorship

You might recall WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY back in June I ran a post about the airbrushing of Winston Churchill’s cigar out of a picture.

Well, it appears that is not the only time something like this has happened.

Jacques Tati’s much-loved character, Monsieur Hulot, someone so iconic that even his silhouette was instantly recognizable, was depicted as gnawing on a paper-mache windmill instead (how did they come up with this idea?!).

Twice, the USPS has '”photo shopped” pictures……

a 33-cent stamp commemorating Jackson Pollock

a 1994 29-Cent Stamp of Robert Johnson


What about Clement Hurd’s photo which was on the dust jacket of the book he illustrated, “Goodnight Moon”?  Couldn’t they just use another picture?  There has got to be one that looked better?

They even tried to airbrush the cigarrette out of Paul McCartney’s hand on the Abbey Road picture.

Folks, this is just censorship….plain and simple.  People smoked…enjoyed it.  Why change their legacy?

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