Pilgrim High School student artist Liz Bierendy is to be allowed to paint her ‘controversial ‘ mural after a change in decision by Warwick School Superintendent Peter Horoschak.
The 17 year old had been asked to paint a mural to depict the life of a man and managed to draw the ire of some parts of the school community by ending the mural with a scene where a grown man holds the hands of what appear to be his wife and child. There are even wedding rings above their heads. This was considered offensive by some however and the mural was painted over:
According to Horoshack’s press release the scene was painted over because “some of the members of the Pilgrim High School community suggested that the depiction of a young man’s development from boyhood through adulthood as displayed may not represent the life experiences of many of the students at Pilgrim High School.”
Originally the Superintendent just asked the assistant principal to talk to Ms Bierendy about ‘proposed changes’ to the now destroyed mural, however after taking the weekend to think it over she said that she preferred her original concept. At which point, and after considerable backlash from online media who were horrified at this natural extension to politically correct logic, Horoschak asked that the school allow her to finish, or in this case redo, the mural as she originally visualized it.
Alton Foley of Bearing Drift, considers it a perfect example of how PC thinking has gone way too far, while Tina Korbe, associate editor of hotair.com, writing in the NY Post compares and contrasts it to the defaced Virgin Mary exhibit:
My first thought when I read about Bierendy was of the elephant-dung-smeared image of the Virgin Mary that once hung in the Brooklyn Museum of Art. When Christians complained, the common refrain was, “What’s the matter? It’s just art.” One might ask Bierendy’s critics now: “What’s the matter? It’s just art.”