We just got an e-mail about the new issue of A&P that hit the streets last week:
I was just browsing through your Summer 2012 Quarterly of Art & Performance Issue. On page seven I came across a critique by Marti Jonjak bringing to the attention of your readers, the upcoming exhibition of religious art at the Seattle Art Museum. A large image of Damasio Scannabecchi's "The Flagellation of Jesus" was shown in the article. When I started to read the cartoon like captions Jonjak was attaching to the surrounding borders of Scannabecchi's painting, my stomach started to turn. All of the comments pertained to the jokes the Roman torturers were making about Jesus' clothing, or lack of.
My question is....What is the difference between this article and a group of folks laughing & taunting Jewish families & individuals as they are being dragged off and brutalized by the Nazis not too long ago? Your newspaper prides itself for its openness and acceptance. In this case, I think you shot yourself in the foot, in trying to be smarmy and cool. I don't care how many Pulitzers you claim to have. This is a hateful and moronic cheap shot.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention! Call us crazy, but we do, in fact, see a difference between Marti Jonjak's article about a painting and a "a group of folks laughing & taunting Jewish families & individuals as they are being dragged off and brutalized by the Nazis." But we could be wrong! We have been wrong in the past. We should maybe turn this over to our readers: