I have been complaining about taxpayer funded art for decades. For reasons not known to ration men, the National Endowment for the Arts thought it perfectly appropriate is use public tax dollars to offend a large portion of the pubic by funding Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ. Now I defend Serrano’s right to create art, or so-called art, as he alone sees fit. However he does not have the right to public’s money to offend the public.
Now Glenn Beck has borrowed Serrano’s play book, from Slate:
The presentation [Obama in Pee Pee], while infantile, is also surprisingly amusing. Beck’s job—like that of the one kid in elementary school who would incessantly repeat what other people said just to get a rise out of them—is to provoke as much outrage from the left as possible. What better way to do so than to take a page out of photographer Andres Serrano’s book and place a prominent and respected figure in urine? In 1987, Serrano’s image of a plastic crucified Jesus submerged in his urine, titled Immersion (Piss Christ), received an award that was partly funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, riling up conservatives for 25 years running. (Just this September, religious groups condemned President Obama for “allowing” it to be showcased in New York City.) Serrano has said of his own controversial work, “I don’t see anything wrong with provocative art and… I look forward to the day when I can make work that will even disturb me.”
Unlike Serrano’s master piece, Beck’s work of art was created without the death of any tax payer’s dollars. I fully expect the liberals to support Beck’s right of free speech, just as I defend Serrano’s.
Addendum: Obviously Beck was trolling for liberals, liberal idiots. Most liberals are not so stupid as to not recognize a parody of Piss Christ, but most is not all. Some liberals are that stupid, from Twitchy:
Like paragon of reason Michael Moore, CNN’s Howard Kurtz is all wee-wee’d up about Glenn Beck’s “Obama in Pee Pee” art. Who else, he asks, would submerge something in a jar of fake urine and call it art?
Evidently Kurtz has misplaced his thinking cap. Again. Sometimes he’s a little slow on the uptake.
I may put Kurtz in the running with Elmo for the coveted Sock Puppet of the Year Award.