OMG Somebody think of the Children!!!

Think of the Children

Think of the Children

It seems nowadays that this is the catch cry of people who wish to squash a debate because if you argue against them you obviously support child abuse. We have had some pretty good examples here in Oz lately, firstly there was the Bill Henson controversy where someone with an apparent overblown sense of her own importance and an overwhelming need for validation decided that some of of Bill Hensons pictures where child pornography. Once this got to the media the police got involved and confiscated the artworks with a view to charging Henson with all manner of things. Kevin Rudd being a politician and seeing a possible “OMG Think of the children” moment declared the pictures “absolutely revolting” and said that they had “no artistic merit” of course he misjudged this as badly as he misjudged Julia Gillard’s loyalty . Finally the whole thing came to nothing as the  Australian Classifications Board ended up rating the pictures “mild and justified” and given a PG rating,  so KRudd and others then quietly moved on without so much as an “oops sorry about that”.

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