Campus Reform reported on the art exhibition at the University of Alaska that has a painting on display of a scantily clad Chris Evans (aka Captain America from the Avengers movies) holding the severed head of President Trump. For some this is something to be outraged about. Personally, I don’t care if the University chooses to display the painting. What is really outrageous here is how leftists can hold such double standards.
The work, created by Assistant Professor of Painting Thomas Chung, is being presented as part of a month-long faculty art exhibition in the university’s fine arts gallery, reports KTUU.
“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,” Chung said to describe his painting. “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.”
The first thing that strikes me about the painting itself is that it’s terrible. It’s like a cheesy Photoshop meme but rendered in paint. The U of Alaska art majors aren’t really getting their money’s worth if this is representative of the faculty’s art prowess. This painting isn’t something to be angry about or to be protested. It should be mocked and laughed at. It condemns itself with its own dumbness.
What should raise your hackles is that the leftist horde will at worst celebrate the painting or at best ignore it entirely. However, it goes without saying that had such a painting of Barack Obama been displayed in public, they would have been frothing like a bunch of jihadis triggered by Danish Mohammed cartoons.
That is no exaggeration either. The left shares many qualities with the religion of perpetual outrage. Their puppet masters can astroturf a protest as easily as any radical Imam.
Let’s look at how the left treated similar parody directed at President Obama. Remember the parade float depicting Obama’s presidential library as an outhouse?
The Nebraska Democratic Party is calling a Fourth of July parade float that poked fun at President Obama the “worst shows of racism and disrespect” for the president in state history.
A float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk depicted a figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.” Neither the float nor the truck pulling the float identified a sponsor,” the Omaha World-Herald reported.
The response implied that the outraged Obama-bots were completely unaware of America’s long history of lampooning its leaders. Most of the people complaining probably had participated gleefully in that tradition during George W, Bush’s term in office.
That’s not the whole story though. The United States Department of Justice actually launched an investigation into the outhouse parade float for crying out loud.
A year prior to the parade float non-incident, a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair triggered a round of
forced reeducation sensitivity training by wearing an Obama mask during a performance.
Anyone who argues that there wouldn’t have been seething protest and attempts to end careers and ruin lives over a painting of a decapitated Obama at a public university is either delusional or a liar. Probably both.
Leftists use anything they can to mobilize their army of rage-monkey whether it’s an impotent hashtag campaign or a full blown riot. The media then dutifully covers the alleged source of their anger while ignoring their hypocrisy.
People on the right often fall into the trap of responding in kind in cases like this ridiculous painting by Thomas Chung. Our reaction should not be a reflection of the left though. The Thomas Chung’s of the world are free to paint whatever they want. We should not be attempting to silence anyone or get someone fired over it. That is what the left wants us to do.
The old saying about never wrestling with a pig is true. It only gets you dirty and the pig likes it. The leftist pigs want us to be consumed with playing tit for tat, focused on taking scalps.They thrive on the ensuing chaos.
The only thing to be angry about is the double standard. When presented with leftist stupidity like this painting, we should use it only as an opportunity to shine a light on the left’s hypocrisy. It’s still ok to poke fun at really bad art though.