Eugene City Councilor Wants To Keep Garrison Keillor Art Work

Dec 15, 2017

A Eugene City Councilor delivered a statement this week, urging the city’s airport to keep a piece of artwork that features former public radio broadcaster Garrison Keillor.

Credit Chris Pietch / Register Guard

Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with Keillor last month after receiving a formal complaint of sexual harassment about the creator of “Prairie Home Companion.”

In response, the Eugene City Airport said it planned to remove Keillor’s image from an artwork there called “Flying People.”

Eugene Councilor Betty Taylor objected to that plan.

“If we demanded undisputed purity from all the Flying People, are we going to hire detectives to investigate the past of all the people to check out the current state of their virtue? Those of you who are familiar with the Bible may remember the story about Jesus and whoever cast the first stone. Whoever is without sin.”

No other city councilors commented on Taylor’s request to keep the artwork up.

Keillor has denied that he inappropriately touched a former coworker. The full extent of the allegations against him have not been made public.