Toronto’s Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) held a student art exhibit entitled “The Festival of the Body” which included a piece featuring a barely visible black outline of a nude woman on a green Islamic prayer mat.
The Rebel Cue the predictable outrage from the usual suspects.
OCAD received a formal complaint from the school’s Muslim Student Association along with a manifesto of demands such as the immediate removal of the piece, an investigation into how it was ever approved, and whether the approval was done “out of ignorance or not.”
And of course the MSA wanted an official grovelling apology. OCAD’s media and communications manager, quickly said: “We respect that the Muslim Student Association has their opinions, and it an important dialog around this piece. It’s a matter of looking at both sides. But only one side ever prevails – the side demanding censorship, investigations and apologies.