Creativity and censorship

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and political activist (I posted something about him in September) is in the news again. He apparently tried to order a big batch of Legos, but the company refused. Read here about why and what he did about it:

“Ai Weiwei Setting Up Lego Collection Points After Company Refuses His Order” (from the New York Times)

This tweet was in the NYT article. There are others, too, representing different opinions.

A couple of discussion questions:

  • Is it art, or is it a political statement? Can it be both?
  • Do you think companies have any obligation to fill  — or the right to refuse — orders from customers?

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