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    In the well-known original image, Churchill makes a "V" shaped symbol with his fingers – while gripping a cigar in the corner of his mouth.

    But in a reproduction of the picture, hanging over the main entrance to a London museum celebrating the wartime leader, he has been made into a non-smoker through the use of image-altering techniques.
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    So what do you think? Me I call it BS of the highest order - so the man enjoyed cigars...are we afraid that suddenly after seeing this image all the youth will rush out and start hot-boxing Cohibas? If we have chosen to accept censorship of the banal so we believe that the extraordinary is immune from it as well?
     

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    I think it is bloody ridiculous.

    PC-ing history? WTF?
     

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    Why didn't they just simply use a different picture then, instead of going through the pains of defacing the one they chose?
     

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    Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
    I think it is bloody ridiculous.

    PC-ing history? WTF?
    Stalin was famous for this.
     

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    Effing stupid. Who would even THINK it would matter?
     

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    I really really don't like it when they do this. History is meant to be preserved... and Winston Churchill was a cigar smoking, drinking, control nut and he was in exactly the right place at the right time. Represent the man for who he was... no matter if it offends our modern sensibilities.
     

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    A bit scarey really when you think about it ...and I would be vehemently anti smoking...Where does it end ?
     

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    It makes you wonder what else they've already edited that you didn't notice.
     

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    Originally posted by jarink:
    It makes you wonder what else they've already edited that you didn't notice.
    Absolutely spot on!

    Beware the PC Nazi's of modern Britain. It may seem like an innocuous thing to do but it's the thin end of the wedge.
     

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    I would have given him a pipe ... more British.
     

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