Prude’s pornographic portrait peeves prissy protegé
A portrait of Mary Whitehouse and Cliff Richard composed of images snipped from top-shelf magazines has upset the director of Mediawatch UK.
The portrait, by acclaimed portrait artist Jonathan Yeo, goes on display this evening at a West End gallery. It has a price tag of £25,000. Yeo says:
If Mary Whitehouse was still around I hope she would treat this picture as an insult. She equated nudity, bad language and violence as if they were all equally dangerous.
John Beyer, the smut-campaigner who took over from “the late great” Whitehouse, whom he idolises, is fuming:
To have her memory besmirched is contemptible and passé. He needs to grow up.
Whitehouse’s son Richard, on the other hand, sees the funny side:
It is quite witty really.
It is indeed.