I’m pretty ashamed of my state for allowing this to happen.
A painting showing the severed head of President Trump is hanging at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. And did I mention a nude Chris Evans — Captain America! — is holding Trump’s head as it bleeds out while a young Hillary Clinton is grabbing onto his leg? Welcome to the world of “art,” I guess.
From The Blaze:
Assistant professor Thomas Chung created the painting, KTTU-TV reported, and he says that he “spent days just weeping” after Trump was elected president. The assistant professor describes himself as a social artist who normally doesn’t deal in politics, but Trump’s election “bled into that.”
Originally, he was hesitant to submit the painting for a faculty art show, fearing that it would disturb some students. He decided to push forward regardless, hoping it would generate conversation:
“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. 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.”
A former conservative professor at the school said as much.
“First thing that comes to mind is freedom of expression, fair enough. Although, I might wager the severed head of our former president might illicit a different response from the administration of UAA and their student body,” Paul R. Berger said. “The second is public funding of our university system.”
“Had the roles been reversed,” he continued, “and it was Obama’s head hanging there, I think the outrage would be fantastic. As a free speech advocate, everyone has a right to express their opinion the way they want to express them. But as a parent and a citizen, there’s a discussion. In a university setting, what’s appropriate?”
But like clockwork, the fine arts department chair is totally okay with Trump’s decapitation, saying they would protect a student’s or faculty’s art no matter how controversial.
Yeah, right. Maybe someone should test that theory.
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