Thanks to Christine Vassallo for sending in more details on the censored nipple painting at Tea Lounge, including this photo. It’s hard to imagine who exactly found this offensive… and why the management of Tea Lounge would take this unusual measure to protect the eyes of young children.
If I was the artist, I’d feel a bit upset about this – the way they hung up the canvas strip seems invasive, and potentially damaging to the piece.
Charlotte Wright, a 36-year-old mom who came in to Tea Lounge with her toddler son for a puppet show, pretty much summed it up in the article: “It’s absolutely ridiculous because this is such a liberal hangout, and there are so many breast-feeding mothers in here … “It’s sending out the wrong message … that the female form is somehow shameful.”
In the interest of equality, apparently, they hid the nipples in paintings of men, too.