Art is Pigs Too

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    There are the many many paintings hanging on the wall of the long tunnel that runs between the US Capital building and the House offices. One of them has gotten quite a bit of attention lately. Indeed, the painting has been taken off the wall and hung back on the wall at least three times since yesterday.


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    So annoyed about it, “ Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, threatened the Republicans who have been taking the painting down: “We may just have to kick somebody’s ass and stop them.”[…]

    Never mind that kicking ass over a painting depicting violence is sadly ironic. Let’s talk about art and free speech and this painting. The painting, which won first prize in a high school art contest, contains many images: a dove, a crow, a Beauty Shop, a peace sign, the St Louis arch, to name a few. There is a lot of symbolism to consider in this painting.

    The images that stand out to the people complaining about the painting are the police officers with pig heads. Not subtle. No wonder it grabs the eye. What also grabs the eye in this painting is a figure, a black man holding scales and wearing a graduation cap, suggestive of Mike Brown, hanging like Christ on a cross.

    The painting has apparently been hanging on the tunnel wall for some six months. Why no one has noticed it and complained till now is unclear. What is clear is that we need to talk about art and free speech- again. People are offended because depicting police officers with pig heads is disrespectful to police officers. Is that a good enough reason to take the painting down? Surely there are other paintings on that wall full of paintings that disrespect somebody or something else too. Suppose there was a picture depicting cops with halos and Mike Brown with devil horns, that would be pretty offensive, wouldn’t it? Would there be demands to take that one down? Or would free speech in art prevail?

    Even if it infuriates some people it is still free speech. Remember Piss Christ? That crucifix immersed in a glass of urine offered as art offended and outraged many Christians. Did discussions that flowed from Piss Christ do anything to enhance the relationship between Christians and those that think Christ belongs in urine?

    Can any good come from talking about Ferguson again? Will cops and blacks come to understand each other better through the images in this teenager’s painting? Maybe. And maybe Morgan Freeman was right when he said, we can stop racism if we stop talking about it and deal with each other as fellow human beings.


    Let the kid’s painting hang there.






    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/cops-as-pigs-painting-stolen-returned-again/article/2611376


    How do we stop racism? Actor Morgan Freeman says: "Stop talking about it"

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    Painting in Capitol depicting police as pigs becomes a political football, with California politicians among the players
     
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    When I googled it this morning, I noticed a formal complaint lodged by the police about it at the end of December. Art is not always pleasant and that is not always what it is for. I agree they should leave it up, once they decided it was appropriate for display to begin with. The Repubs are just using it for a political flag. The kid's painting deserves better than that. I don't think the Congressman whose district it came from is on high ground, however, since he was speechifying about getting rid of the Confederate statues not long ago. Symbols are symbols. Are only the ones you agree with acceptable?
     
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    I hope they keep it up there. It is a constant reminder of who the left really are.
     
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    Sure it's art. But it's shitty, disrespectful art and doesn't belong in a public building. Libtards don't own public property.
     
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    Hang the kids painting of Mohammed on the wall?

    Oh, that's so divisive!
     
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    Some "art" is not appropriate for the Capitol building. I wouldn't want a painting of Anthony weiner's junk hanging there either even though some may consider that to be art.
     
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    Never mind that the painting is provocative with purpose. It just is simply ugly. The mention of Mohammed is a prime example. A picture even if it was flattering to Mohammed would be considered too inflammatory and offensive to display. Funny and tragic that with the left free speech only applies when you are of a so called protected class.
     
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    I hate this painting, but not as much as I believe in free speech.
     
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    I'm sure it wasn't free and the right to criticize government doesn't give you the right to take money from the citizens and place offensive materials in their house.
     

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