First Amendment, freedom of expression.
Yeah, we got it.
We’re quite tired of reminding people of the hypocrisy when it comes to “liberal” art.
Again, had a conservative created a docudrama of the assassination and/or the beheading of Barack Obama, there would be nowhere in the world that person could show his or her head in public without risking varying degrees of ridicule and scorn. But as we’re talking Donald Trump, it’s a celebration of expression.
A painting on display at a University of Alaska Anchorage art gallery, which depicts the severed head of President Donald Trump, is sparking debate about free speech rights and whether the image is appropriate for display, at a public institution. The artwork, created by Assistant Professor of Painting Thomas Chung, is part of a faculty art exhibition, at the UAA Fine Arts building.
In describing his painting, Chung said, “It’s an image of the actor who plays Captain America, and two eagles are sort of screaming into his ears, and he’s holding the severed head of Trump, and there’s a young Hillary Clinton clinging to his leg. I was reminded of those 80’s rock posters, where there’s a woman in tattered clothes clinging to a strong male hero’s leg.”
It’s seldom a pretty place once snowflakes meet narcissism.
“After Trump was elected, I spent days just weeping. And it was really surprising, because I’m not a political person,” Chung said. “I am a social artist. I deal mostly in ideals of culture and global culture, but this election bled into that.”
The bullshit oozes in this explanation.
“I was really torn about putting this piece up a faculty show, because I would never talk about my own political beliefs to my students,” Chung said. “I would never push that upon them and make them feel uncomfortable, and so I wondered to myself if putting up this painting was in a way doing that. But I realized that I feel very strongly about this, and I think even students that might be pro-Trump supporters could benefit from having a conversation with me about why I feel this way – why I painted this.”
— KTUU, 4/18/17
We’re not sure if Professor Chung is totally representative of those who teach as romanticizing naked comic book heroes could be considered highly problematic, and the fact he says he doesn’t push his political views on students means he pushes his political views on student hostages who must appear to accept those views or put at risk their GPAs.
Remember this when you’re trying to decide what college you’re child wants to attend. Maybe it’s time for that discussion if college is really worth it.