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I remembered that today as I was doing some webwork and Verdi's "Masked Ball" overture was on the radio. That opera was named originally "The Vendetta" and "Gustave III" the Swedish king who was shot point blank at a masquerade ball in the 1790s or thereabouts. The Opera House is located on Gustav Adolfs street in Stockholm ... hence the vague title of this thread.
When Verdi wrote it, the various Italian censors got in a dither about showing a monarch assassinated on stage, didn't want it named Gustave, and demanded it be set in Boston of all places, not Italy or Sweden.; but Boston. It is one of the more infamous exhibitions of censorship of the arts in music history
I've been thinking about censors for a bit off and on after hearing the music and thinking back to Gustave and Stockholm. It isn't really clear how all that ties up so let's talk about censors. I think that
I suppose that the "free press" we enjoy (Article I) is the one thing that takes the place of censors. The press, if it is doing its job, spots stuff going on, being said, acting out, and draws the public's attention to it in the hopes that enough folks will think about it and either condemn it or give it thumbs up.
The Donald hates the press. He would hate censors a lot more so be grateful, my little red haired friend.