Sunday, April 22, 2007

Occams Razor and the removal of a Germaine Greer Portrait

Irwin replaces Greer at National Portrait Gallery
Friday Feb 16 05:00 AEDT
By ninemsn staff

The National Portrait Gallery has removed a nude picture of expat Germaine Greer — who famously ridiculed Steve Irwin after his death — and replaced it with a photo of the Crocodile Hunter.

Greer publicly criticised the late Irwin just days after his death from a stingray attack last year, saying he deserved it and that the animals had "taken revenge" on him.

But a spokesman for the gallery said there was no "political motivation" behind the swap, The Daily Telegraph reports.

"It does look fabulously ironic, but there was no agenda behind it," he said.

I am inclined to accept the spokesman's claim that there was no "political motivation" behind the swap. My basis: Occam's Razor (the simplest explanation for a phenomenon is to be preferred). Clearly a nude portrait of Greer (picture above) would of necessity be sequestered in the dark recesses of the gallery's storeroom as soon as decently possible... the mind boggles.

Full story here.