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December 8, 2010

Censorship! Oh, how I missed you! Yes, I’ve got Palin, Beck, Fox News, and the other morons out there, but the joy of censorship, of someone trying to shut down art, brings me the kind of righteous tingle I can’t get from regular conservative idiots.

Some of you have probably heard about the exhibit at the Smithsonian that’s getting flak from the Right, and even some members of Congress, for supposedly showing pornographic gay art and for desecrating the image of Jesus on the cross. Obviously, conservatives are up in arms… except their arguments hold as much water as a venetian blind on the space shuttle.


World War Christmas by ~Th4rlDEAL on deviantART

I Know You Are, But What Am I?

One of the main gripes with the exhibit is that one of the pieces is a video showing a crucifix covered in ants. Obviously, an image of Jesus in a room filled with homoerotic art would be an outrage, but an image of Jesus covered in ants while sitting in a room filled with homoerotic art surely demands attention!

I want to ask you something. What’s the difference between “offensive” and “disgusting?”

I keep hearing “offensive” getting thrown around whenever someone talks about this or any other piece of art that depicts something which questions his or her beliefs or otherwise shows something “holy” or “divine” in a base, physical way.

“Offensive” means that something is irritating or annoying, that it is repugnant to moral sense. An image of Jesus covered in ants, then, is sure offensive!

Except it’s about as offensive as a picture of an abandoned church.

See, what Fox and the peanut gallery on the Right fail to mention, or even look up, is that the video they’re whining about is about how the morals of Christianity have been cast aside and that the teachings of Christ have been thrown to the ground.

In other words, it’s practically a call for a return to Christian morality. If you’re offended by the image after reading the context in which it is shown, then you must also be offended at the sight of old churches because they’re showing God’s house in disrepair.


Enjoying Christmas by ~caithness155 on deviantART

It’s Christmas at the Smithsonian!

The timing on this exhibit couldn’t be more sinister. A desecrated Jesus just weeks before Christmas! Surely the Left is out to destroy Christmas once again!

Sadly, no. See, the exhibit’s been open since October. People didn’t start making a fuzz until this week.

Also, and I can’t believe how often we have to say this, Christmas does not have a monopoly on the winter season. There are plenty of other holidays this time of year. Just because something comes out or occurs during the holiday season, it doesn’t mean it’s either an attack or a celebration of Christmas.

The exhibit has zero to do with Christmas except that it’s December and it’s still open. It’s like saying Pearl Harbor Day is anti-Christmas because it also takes place in December and takes people’s attention away from Christmas.


For Love and Money by ~raynamarshall on deviantART

We Didn’t Pay For It

A fair number of bloggers, including Andrew Breitbart’s lackeys, are up in arms that the Smithsonian would pay for this art. How could public funds be used to purchase art most Americans would find distasteful and pornographic?

I got news for you. Taxpayers didn’t pay a single cent for the art.

All art in the Smithsonian is privately-funded. We didn’t pay for it.

“But we pay for the buildings, the maintenance, and the staff! We should have a say on what kind of art gets shown there!”

Really? You want to take a vote on this?

Polls in the last few years have found that even Christians are warming to the idea of gay marriage, gay rights, and gays in general. While it’s still less than 50%, it’s a big enough number that it’s impossible to call gays a fringe group. What’s the difference between art of nude men and art of nude statues featuring women?


A True Artist by ~brushmage on deviantART

And your Art Credentials Are…

This all brings us to the age-old question: What is art?

It’s easy to say that art depicting gay sex or male nudity is not art because it makes some people grossed out or uncomfortable.

So what?

If we based art imply on the basis of “I don’t like it” or “It offends me,” we wouldn’t have rock music, Stanley Kubrick, and Star Trek. It’s hard to define an artist, but I’d like to think that an artist is someone who makes it his or her business to understand the craft. Even a critic of art should be able to describe it and analyze it beyond the superficial notes, colors, or layers of paint.

The people crying “foul” are none of that, meaning that if they don’t know how to look at art, how can they possible say it’s offensive?

Let the ant-covered Jesus be!


Jesus Crown by ~EveSalvatore on deviantART

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