Artist admits “I’ve censored myself”

The Times carries a depressing story about Grayson Perry, the cross-dressing, Turner Prize winning potter, where he admits that he has censored himself for fear of violent reprisals from Islamists.

The provocative potter admits to being interested in religion, but

The reason I haven’t gone all out attacking Islamism in my art is because I feel real fear that someone will slit my throat.

With other targets you’ve got a better idea of who they are but Islamism is very amorphous. You don’t know what the threshold is. Even what seems an innocuous image might trigger off a really violent reaction so I just play safe all the time.

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