Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Report: US Tax Dollars Went to Exhibit Featuring Jesus Being Eaten By Ants, Homoerotic Art

Your tax dollars at work.  Republican leaders are outraged that the Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery, funded by U.S. taxpayers, feature controversial exhibits.  These include homoerotic artwork, picture of Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a video in which Jesus Christ is being eaten by ants.

After hearing of the exhibit, outraged Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, stated:
“Absolutely we should look at their funds.  If they’ve got money to squander like this – of a crucifix being eaten by ants, of Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, men in chains, naked brothers kissing – then I think we should look at their budget.”
However, co-curator David C. Ward defended the depiction of Jesus being eaten by ants, entitled A Fire in My Belly, stating: 
“Fire in My Belly is an example of political engagement in artistic form with the AIDS epidemic by an artist deeply concerned with the exploration of our response to that medical and societal calamity.”
He went on to say about the work:
“That it is violent, disturbing, and hallucinatory precisely replicates the impact of the disease itself on people and a society that could barely comprehend its magnitude."
Representative Kingston did not agree, calling it, “In your face perversion paid for by tax dollars."
The "artwork"
Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. went further in denouncing the project.  Through a spokesperson, he said the piece was an
"outrageous use of taxpayer money and an obvious attempt to offend Christians during the Christmas season.  When a museum receives taxpayer money, the taxpayers have a right to expect that the museum will uphold common standards of decency. The museum should pull the exhibit and be prepared for serious questions come budget time.”

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  1. And no one's allowed to draw Muhammad...

  2. New GOP majorities will be nuking these budgets over the next few years- PBS included

    We're broke, and it's offensive to the best slice of this nation- good riddance to this crap I say

  3. who gives a shit.

  4. I give a shit! We waste money on "art" such as this crap, a Jesus in urine, and a starving dog in a corner. That is not art is is crap and if they want to do it do it without my subsidy! I pay taxes, and a lot of taxes, for enough garbage without adding this atrocity to the list. I could care less about cow farts but some study is getting thousands for that very purpose. Mr. who gives a shit I suppose you do not pay taxes so you don't give a shit.