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Apparently the price paid for Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” (1955) on Monday is not the most obscene thing about it. When broadcasting the painting the day of the $179 million sales record, Fox 5 News, the New-York based Fox affiliate, censored the four pairs of breasts on Picasso’s barely assembled female figures: the news bar safely covered one set, while the other three were blurred, removing any evidence of possibly painted nipples (one figure’s ass, on the other hand, was not considered a problem). Fox — with all its “core principles of tolerance” and opposition to “suppress[ing] freedom of expression” — has taken a similar measure to China’s official CCTV network when it blurred the crotch of Michelangelo’s “David” three years ago. To CCTV’s credit, David’s goods are at least prominently visible. Fox, on the other hand, seems to have only made the abstracted breasts of Picasso’s women more suggestive for those innocent minds the channel wishes to protect.
Correction: A previous version of this article did not make clear that the news was broadcasted on the Fox5NY affiliate. This has been amended.