Last week, some community college in New York displayed an image of Barack Obama with his arms outstretched and wearing a crown of thorns: a sort of ham-fisted comparison of Obama to Jesus or something. No one was shocked, primarily because by now, America understands that all those art grants aren’t so much going to “artists” as they are going to hipsters who have run out of ways to convince their parents that a graduate degree in poetry has real world value and job potential and are now making “art” specifically to appeal to the small band of Communists that make up public university art departments.
This week, Glenn Beck decided to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the liberal establishment by selling his own derivative version of Andre Serrano’s “Piss Christ,” involving a figurine of Obama dipped in a jar of his own “urine,” which turned out to be light beer, which is basically urine anyway, and waiting for someone to lose their sh*t over it.
“Art is in the eye of the beholder and this guy has a right to do this. I think its offensive. I don’t think its close to reality but whatever floats your boat. I support his right to do exactly that. I agree with him that people who are upset should not trump his right to be able to do it and be able to hang it wherever he wants – as long as its wanted there,” Glenn said.
For all the outrage surrounding Piss Christ, Serrano’s purpose was primarily to make a point about religion by allowing people to initially assume the halo that surrounded the crucifix was just that – a halo – only to later reveal that it was light behind urine, thus revealing the “wizard behind the curtain” of organized religion. This is just Obama in beer for the sake of putting Obama in beer, but thankfully for all of the high-minded artistic analysis that the intelligentsia exhibited at the time, there is an equal amount of potential for Church Lady-esque base outrage, and Beck landed himself a big one.
It was followed by a litany of complaints and outraged re-tweets – an exhibit worthy of a Parents Television Council conference. Granted, most of the people who use Twitter are probably too young to remember Piss Christ unless some random liberal arts professor trotted it out as an example of American closed-mindedness in a “philosophy of math” class, but it’s comical nonetheless. Plus, it’s Michael Moore. And if anyone would be a pot calling a kettle a giant bag of fake urine, it’d be him.