Thursday, October 4, 2012
A Lawrence artist is upset that a print critical of Governor Sam Brownback has been taken down at a Topeka cafe.
The stencil print by Dave Lowenstein shows Brownback with tears in his eyes, with flames behind him. The governor is saying "Kansans pleeease ... stop me."
The owner of the building that houses the Blue Planet Cafe, Greg Ready, says he removed the print out of respect for Brownback's daughter, who works at a photo business above the cafe. Ready says his decision was not a political statement. He also says the Liz Brownback did not ask that the print come down.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Lowenstein is calling it censorship. He says Ready misinterpreted the print, which was to be part of an exhibit featured this Friday.