Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jesus and the ants

Sounds like some band from Athens, doesn't it: Jesus and the ants.

Maybe Seattle. Or Manchester.

Actually, it's part of an exhibit that was at the National Portrait Gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian. I've been to the Gallery of Art, but never to the Portrait Gallery, so I can't say if otherwise it's worth a darn.

Anyway, they've had some exhibit going on there called "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." And that right there is the problem. Who says "portraiture" anyway? A bunch of snot-heads, that's who. You hear somebody use "portraiture" in a sentence, hit them in the head with a stick. They'll thank you for it. Or I will. Either way, you'll be thanked.

But, about Jesus and the ants. One of the exhibits of portraiture is a video. Go figure. And, in the video, is an image of Jesus covered in ants. Only, now the Smithsonian has pulled the video. The guy in charge said "I regret that some reports about the exhibit have created an impression that the video is intentionally sacrilegious. In fact, the artist’s intention was to depict the suffering of an AIDS victim. It was not the museum’s intention to offend. We have removed the video."

Which means it's not his fault he had a video of Jesus covered in ants. It's the fault of Fox News. Or blogs. Or Bush. Or someone else.

I think pulling the video was a mistake. I think they should have found some video of Mohammed covered in ants and included it. Somehow, I suspect that the problem would have been solved in short order, without any Christian having to say or do anything.

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