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Are the Paintings at Real Tenochtitlan Native Art or Porn?

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Real Tenochtitlan
Real Tenochtitlan
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Real Tenochtitlán was allegedly forced by the city to cover up the breasts on three large paintings of Aztec warrior women inside the restaurant after a customer complained that it was offensive pornography and that they're inside it's a "family-friendly restaurant." A post went up on EveryBlock last week pointing out the action and it has since sparked a 50-plus comment discussion about whether the city had any right to tell the restaurant to cover the paintings or whether the restaurant should have stuck behind its art.

"We are a family restaurant, that's for sure," said a staffer at the restaurant who requested anonymity. "People come with kids. For some parents they don't want to see exposed women. Yes, it's art, but to some persons they are a kind of pornography and that's what they understand."

One commenter said they have friends who play violent video games with their kids, but shudder at the sight of an exposed nipple. Others pointed out that plenty of paintings all throughout the Art Institute feature naked people. Another said the restaurant should have immediately called a lawyer when the city contacted them.

"For us, it's art. It's a controversy and there are different points of view," the employee said. "I'm sure the artist never intended to upset anyone. As a restaurant we want to make sure everyone is happy. We try to make sure we have an environment that's suits everyone."

So what do you think? Should Real Tenochtitlan have told the upset parent that if the art offends them they don't need to bring their children there or was the restaurant right in covering up the breasts?
· Covering Up at Real Tenochtitlan [EveryBlock]

Real Tenochtitlan

2451 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL

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