After Michael D'Antuono offended many with his painting of Obama as the crucified Jesus, Glenn Beck decided to answer the artist's argument about his "First Amendment rights" with his own piece of "art work," an Obama doll submerged in urine.
Digital Journal reported that the painting by Michael D'Antuono, "The Truth," depicting Obama as crucified Jesus (see image below) is on display at Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery, Boston. The painting is part of an exhibit called "Artists on the Stump–the Road to the White House 2012."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beck, during his Tuesday evening broadcast, began by playing the artist. He assumed a French "accent" and began adding "rear-ends and jeans" on old paintings of women in his studio.
Then, moving on to his crowing artistic achievement for the day, he concluded in a "French" accent, "I like to call this ‘Flobama.' I have been working on a masterpiece. I have been working on something for quite a while. When I say quite a while, I mean all day, small little doses all day. I drank a lot of water when I did this."
Beck, in satirical defense of his and D'Antuono's First Amendment rights, said: "Art is in the eye of the beholder, and this guy has right to do this. I think it’s offensive. I don’t think it’s close to reality, but whatever floats your boat, Jack. I support his right to do exactly that."
He dips the Obama bobblehead doll in a jar of a liquid resembling Urine, as the Blaze wrote.
According to Beck's website, The Blaze, he (Beck) is considering putting his latest "artwork" up for auction at $25,000.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Beck "artwork" is entitled "Obama in Pee Pee."
"The Truth" by Michael D'Antuono
Beck , however, later claimed that the "urine" was beer, and that the display was his way of conveying a unique "artistic" message. According to The Blaze, writing in support of Beck:
"He (Beck), of course, realizes.. many will find his use of the Obama figurine to be disrespectful. The idea, for Beck however, is not to be untoward, but through irony, to highlight the hypocrisy of those who would shout in defiance at defacing the image of a sitting U.S. president, but not that of an image so sacred to Christianity — the world’s largest religion."
Having, for once, found a common cause in defense of sacred religious personalities for Christianity and Islam, The Blaze proceeds from justifying Beck to berating the "hypocrisy" of those "who rail against disparaging Islam’s Prophet Muhammad." while condoning the disparaging of Christianity's "prophet" Jesus. The website said: “If his (Mohammad's) image were defaced in the same way as Christ’s has been so many times, the backlash could indeed be deadly and the ‘artist’ in question pursued by U.S. law enforcement (as was the case for the creators of the YouTube video ‘Innocence of Muslims’)."
According to The Blaze, Beck invited D'Antuono to his program to discuss the First Amendment, but it is not yet known whether D'Antonia has accepted the invitation
While one may may wonder at the logic that finds a common ground for comparison between an artwork that displays a man in the image of Christ, and one that submerges the image of a man in a pot of urine, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Beck's action recalls the controversial "Piss Christ" photograph of 1987, which featured a small crucifix placed in the urine of photographer Andres Serrano.
But some may find it difficult to see what the "Piss Christ" photograph shares in common with a depiction of Obama in a figurative Christ-like pose.