Cancel Culture Wants To
Rub-Out Allen Ginsberg

Preparing to airbrush Allen Ginsberg out of history (they think)
The Hermosa Beach Mural Project removed an image of poet Allen Ginsberg from a work honoring counterculture due to his public support for NAMBLA and identification as a boy lover

by Eric Tazelaar, September 27, 2019

Allen Ginsberg, now dead for over twenty years, would not have been terribly upset or surprised by the recent decision to have his image removed from a public mural in Hermosa Beach, California.

He knew what we were all up against and embraced his role as a steadfast defender of man/boy love in the face of seemingly limitless hatred.

For those of us who knew him, we know that he would not have shied away from a position which he knew to be right, no matter how unpopular that stance would have made him.

If the strident voices of unreason in the 1980s and ‘90s were not enough to silence him, then having his image removed from a mural in an hysterical 2019 would not, either.

He considered his affirmation of man/boy love and his exploration of the innate eroticism of boys in his poetry to be far more important than the adoration which would have been his had he been less publicly honest. In other words, he knew going into this battle what the consequences would be and serenely accepted that cost. His love of boys was part of him and unseverable from his being. It was, and is, a matter of dharma.

So, he’s fine with having his portrait rubbed-out. A Buddhist, he would have regarded it with perfect non-attachment and acceptance. It is we, the living, who must now howl in outrage.

-Eric Tazelaar used to bake cookies for Allen and give him rides around town, many years ago.

"Attacks on NAMBLA stink of politics, witchhunting for profit, humorlessness, vanity, anger and ignorance, obvious pack journalism. I'm a member of NAMBLA because I love boys too--everybody does, who has a little humanity." - Allen Ginsberg.

Statement of support from The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), condemning Ginsberg’s image removal: "The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) strongly condemns this decision to erase the image of one of America’s most influential and iconic poets. “ Source

My thanks to David Thorstad for alerting us to this story.

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