Businesses have the right to choose what they sell

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2004 at 10:30 p.m.

In an argument that wouldn't hold water in any court but California's Ninth District court of appeals, where specious arguments flourish, Darrien LeMarc Goodman accused Gallery in G owner Gerard Bencen of "censorship."

I believe the more accurate and certainly less caustic word would be "discretion." Artists as a whole have often been stereotyped as imperious and temperamental, but Goodman has reached a new low in trying to coerce the gallery into showing something they thought was inappropriate.

Governmental limits to freedom of speech have been sorely tested in the last few years, but the last time I checked businesses still get to choose what they sell.

I have been in this gallery and I know Bencen to be passionate about the work and the artists he displays. He is certainly the kind of man I would want representing my work. It is most unfortunate that Goodman has chosen to show his backside, in addition to his front, in this most petulant farce.

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