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FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN ART JORGE A. COLÓN #4 2/14/20 To all artists, critics and the population at large: As you may know, art began and has existed for as long as humanity has existed. Since the stone age to modern times, art has persisted and evolved, branching off into many different forms. From paintings, literature, music and movies, among others, are all art. Anything created by a someone to send a message can and should be considered art. So I ask you this question: Why do we insist on destroying our art? Why do we wish to sanitize, clean and neuter everything we do not agree with? Art is not made so that all anyone who sees it will change and transform it into something they enjoy. Art is very personal, it is a window into the mind of all those who create it. So I believe that all who condemn, ignore or erase a piece of art are in the wrong, since to condemn art is to condemn the artist. However, we still continue to do it, harming all art in doing so. I am not opposed to opinions and critiques on art, since it is how and artist learns and grows, but it must come from a place of understanding, if not passion. “I didn't like it” doesn't teach the artist anything, say why you didn't like it, or what you thought was good or bad; analyze what the message of art was and see whether or not it achieved it, regardless of your feelings. One should also not try to change an artists vision, since it FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN ART JORGE A. COLÓN #4 2/14/20 will muddle it; as an example, I will use the case of the movie “Snowpiercer” from director Bong Joon-Ho and distributer Harvey Weinstein. The movie had many issues in it production due to the meddling of Weinstein, who asked for many changes to fit his plans for the movie. This meddling got so drastic that Bong Joon-Ho had to flat-out lie about his family in order to maintain his vision. This situation is only one of many, and shows that wanting to force your wants into the art of another only creates problems. Others have said that it is necessary and correct to sanitize and remove certain creations because it inappropriate to certain demographics, in particular young children. These people are wrong from the start, art should not be changed in order fit a certain demographic, it should be properly distributed to said demographic. You obviously wouldn't show a 10-year-old a dark horror movie, but you could show them a children's movie with a slightly darker tone and deeper messages so that they can learn and understand these concepts. Later on, when they have matured more, they can go and find art that they connect with, where they'll grow and learn even more. If you destroy art that doesn't fit with what you like, you'll ruin the chances that someone else will like it. They have also claimed that art that has wrong moral and political messages should be forgotten, I must disagree again, as immoral and incorrect art has important informational value. They can be a glimpse of the thoughts and feelings of the past, person, group or entire civilizations. In conclusion, all forms of art are necessary, since FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN ART JORGE A. COLÓN #4 2/14/20 they are a critical teacher and entertainer. Art showcases, evolves and represents all aspects of life. Art is one of the many foundations on which the world stands on, and is one of the most important.