…all in one repellent, narcissistic, dishonest, bullying, cowardly sack of skin. Meet Michael D’Antuono and his bold transgressive[TM] painting, “Truth”:
Get it? Barack Obama crucified! Is that bold and transgressive or what? Really makes you think, don’t it? Especially if you are one of those bourgeois types who can’t take a punch in your pieties. Man, is Michael courageous! Just ask him:
“I always regretted cancelling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings,” D’Antuono told Fox News. “We should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves.”
Yes. You are, you narcissistic twit. But freedom to express yourself does not mean that somebody owes you a venue to do it. I could, if I like express myself in filthy limericks punning on your name. I might even succeed, if there is any justice in the universe, in hurting your precious feelings, which badly need hurting if only so that you might develop some empathy for the strangers you gratuitously kick in the groin as you seek the applause of your fellow high school sophomores, you sociopathic pinhead. But I would be a big a dunce as you if I felt wronged because the New York Times would not put my dirty punning limericks about your name on their front page. I’m free to express myself. Others are free to ignore me and are by no means bound to give me a forum for my nose-pulling juvenalia.
Unhappily, some other gallery picked up this worthless piece of crap, so our Artist declares vindication:”
A spokesperson for the art gallery told Fox News there hasn’t been any criticism of the painting.
D’Antuono said the public exhibition “has afforded me the ability to right a wrong.”
He dismissed critics who called the display blasphemous.
“The crucifixion of the president was meant metaphorically,” he told Fox News. “My intent was not to compare him to Jesus.”
Ah. So it was to compare him to Mohammed. Or Confucius. Or William Baden-Powell. Because crucified figures wearing a crown of thorns are a dime a dozen and any connection some hyper-sensitive Christian might make is *their* fault. Narcissism: check. BS passive-aggression: check.
D’Antuono blamed the controversy on conservative media “trying to promote the idea that liberals believe the president to literally be our savior.”
Blame-shifting: check. “Hey! You got aqueous humor jelly all over my finger when I poked your eye out with it! I am so *sick* of how sensitive Christians are when I pee on them and tell them it’s raining.
In the aftermath of his aborted first attempt – the artist said he received more than 4,000 emails containing messages that were “anything but Christian-like.”
“But I accepted that it is their right to express themselves and hope that they now see it in their hearts to afford me the same right,” he said.
Annnnd a final bit of passive-aggressive cowardice and hypocrisy. This, being translated, means “I have a perfect right to kick you in the shins as hard as I can. If you respond with anger to my bullying cowardice, I will accuse you of being judgmental, but will lie about my magnanimity in order to afford cover for me to kick you even harder.”
Michael D’Antuono: you are a living testament to everything that is most disgusting about the “arts community” in your posing self-regard and bullying hypocrisy. Next time, try a painting of say, Obama killing children with a predator drone if you *really* want to be all Brave and Transgressive. Christians don’t issue fatwas, you gutless coward. And your Suffering Savior is murdering innocent civilians. That’s truth.