Actress Jamie Lee Curtis posted about her chairs on Instagram for some strange reason, and in so doing, revealed the creepy photograph she has hanging in her home. Conservatives, who have been in an art critic mood thanks to “The Embrace” were triggered. “Why does Jamie Lee Curtis have a picture of a naked child stuffed inside a suitcase on her wall,” said rightish broadcaster Stew Peters. “Strong Epstein vibes.” Right-wing activist Rogan O’Handley tweeted in part, “Hollywood has-been Jamie Lee Curtis posted …an extremely disturbing picture she has in her home of a child stuffed in a suitcase. We have serious questions.”
Curtis then took down the post and photo, explaining,
What’s going on here?
Oh, lots of things. See if you can make any ethics sense of it…
1. That’s a disturbing piece of art to be sure. So are Diane Arbus photos. So is “The Embrace.” So what? If Curtis likes it sufficiently to hang in her own home, it’s nobody’s business.
2. Is it fair to make a judgment about the actress’s character based on the fact that she happily hangs that thing in her home? No. It’s fair to make some judgments about her taste, just as it would be if she hung Leroy Neiman paintings, big-eyed children or a velvet Elvis. Artistic taste, however, is subjective, mysterious and unfathomable.
3. What is worth pondering is that it never occurred to Curtis, apparently, that anyone would find that photo troubling. This is the danger of being immersed in an eccentric cultural bubble. Her post was basically the equivalent of saying “fuck” at a party where you don’t know most of the guests. It’s life incompetence.
4. Jamie needs to learn about doubtful antecedents, unless somebody really gave her the artist as a gift.
5. The real ethics breach here is Curtis meekly removing the photo because she doesn’t want to “upset anyone.” This marks her as both a weenie and a likely supporter of political correctness-motivated censorship. She doesn’t want anyone to be upset at how she decorates her own home?
You’ll never win a Bite Me that way, Jamie.
6. If you detect a contradiction between #3 and #5, you’re absolutely right.