Canterbury Museum's obscene T-shirt 'broke relationship' with street art festival

Stuff 23 October 2015
Controversy over an obscene T-shirt “broke the relationship” between a Christchurch street art festival and Canterbury Museum, its organisers say.
The hit Spectrum Street Art Festival returns to Christchurch for the third time in December, with a new exhibition at the YMCA on Hereford St and eight new pieces of street art created across the city centre.
However, Canterbury Museum will not be involved in the festival for the first time since the show moved to Christchurch in 2013.
The museum caused controversy with its decision to include an obscene T-shirt in its exhibition as part of the festival last year. The T-shirt by heavy metal band Cradle of Filth featured explicit imagery and the slogan “Jesus is a c…”.
The first street art exhibition broke visitor records when it opened at the Canterbury Museum in 2013. It became the most popular in Canterbury Museum’s history, attracting more than 100,000 visitors over two months.
The second show was mainly based at the YMCA, with a T-shirt exhibition at the Canterbury Museum as part of the festival.
Family Group Lays Police Complaint Re Offensive Shirt
Media Release 13 Feb 2015
Family First NZ is laying a complaint with the police over a highly offensive t-shirt being displayed at a Canterbury Museum exhibition.
The shirt which features highly offensive wording and objectionable imagery has already been deemed unacceptable by both the Internal Affairs Department and in the Invercargill District Court in 2012. In 2008, the chief censor banned t-shirts with the same wording, making it illegal to wear it or sell or distribute it after they were deemed to be demeaning and degrading to women and Christians, especially involving a highly offensive word.

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