"Art" is notoriously difficult to define, especially when it is controversial. Usually when a work is inflammatory
in some respect—offensive lyrics, profane or sacrilegious imagery, pornography, etc.—critics proclaim that the work is just hiding behind the "shield of art." But most anthropologists think it is not about finding a shield for offensive imagery as much as it is a way for us to identify powerful but usually unquestioned areas of meaning.
What controversial works of art (films, books, music, music videos, YouTube videos, etc.) have you seen and perhaps been offended by or pleased to see in the public eye (or ear)? What makes these lyrics or images so offensive for some? What was the meaning behind the offensive nature of the art?