Music: Criticism or Insult?

Criticism or Insult? Is it insulting for a critic to write that a Rigoletto chorus sounded like "a bunch of miniature pinschers"? Indeed it is, cried 48 members of Austria's Graz Opera chorus, and they sued Critic Richard Ahne of the Graz Steirerblatt for likening them to yelping dogs.

Critic Ahne won a dismissal of the suit when he found a zoologist to testify that the pinscher is a noble dog, and that the simile was therefore no insult. But the chorus appealed to a higher court, and the judge ruled against Critic Ahne: "There is a border beyond the...

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