A Fox affiliate came under fire this week for censoring cubist images of breasts on a record-breaking Pablo Picasso painting.
Fox 5 News, New York City's local Fox affiliate, ran a segment Monday night on the $179 million auction of Picasso’s ”Les Femmes d'Alger" (Version O), now the most expensive painting in the world.
"We decided to blur the nude portions so that we could show it to you on air," anchor Dari Alexander said, per Mediaite.
— Aruna D'Souza (@arunadsouza) May 12, 2015
Art historian Aruna D’Souza tweeted her disdain at the station’s censorship decision. New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz later did the same, as did many bemused netizens.
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) May 14, 2015
In the wake of the criticism, Fox 5 admitted it had made a mistake.
"It was ridiculous," the Fox 5 morning news crew said.
On Thursday, the station shared the painting “in all its glory” on its Facebook page.
“We get it,” Fox 5 wrote. “A blurred out version of Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece … wasn’t the best move.”