Bush assassination video game art censorship
This is a great story; I just love this.
At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an exhibit by Wafaa Bilal, a suspected artist – I mean respected artist – was shut down by the institution amidst protests by the College Republicans. The exhibit involves a video game about assassinating President Bush. The art has a somewhat complex story to it. First there was a video game about hunting down Saddam Hussein, and then there was a response from some video game programmers supposedly associated with Al Qaeda about hunting down President Bush. Bilal’s exhibit displays a new version in which he himself is a character in the video game. Since the college shut down the exhibit it has reopened off-campus, where College Republican protests continue. I think the story in Inside Higher Ed is well done. Nanette Perez of ALA sent it to her IFACTION list.