The Markham Public Library has apologized for censoring a photo exhibit over a word some patrons found vulgar and offensive.
Yafang Shi’s exhibit Marching for Gender Equality: Voices, Movement and Empowerment originally featured 51 photos from the Toronto Women’s March in January.
But on March 2, the first day of the show, three photos that displayed placards with the word “pussy” were taken down after patrons of the Markham Village Branch complained the images weren’t child-appropriate.
“We recognize that we made an error in removing those photos and we apologize for that,” she said.
“We made a judgment error. We were interested in making sure that our community felt safe within our spaces and that they weren’t offended by what they were seeing in the library. We recognize now that that was probably not the action … we should have taken.”
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