Monday, November 29, 2010

Taxpayers Fund Obscene Homosexual Christmas at Smithsonian

The federally funded National Portrait Gallery (NPG), one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently showing an exhibition that features images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the show's catalog as "homoerotic."

UPDATE 1/10/12: NPG again held exposition during 2011 Christmas season focused on the homosexual lifestyle (second year in a row).

UPDATE 11/15/11: Ant-covered Jesus now at Brooklyn Museum, which rejected the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn request for it to be removed as it is “disrespectful” to Christians.

UPDATE 1/19/11: Smithsonian leader is apologetic for rapid removal of one item from exhibit

UPDATE 1/13/11: New York Museum of Modern Art purchases ant-covered Jesus video

UPDATE 12/16/10: Art curators label Christians "a hate group and anti-Semitic . . . American Taliban," reminiscent of the 1930s.
Video: "Hide/Seek" curators David C. Ward and Jonathan Katz speak in New York City.

UPDATE 12/3/10 ABC News: Ant-covered Jesus is anti-Christian "hate speech" (view "ant video")

UPDATE 12/1/10 video report:

-- From "Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus, Naked Brothers Kissing, Genitalia, and Ellen DeGeneres Grabbing Her Breasts" by Penny Starr, 11/29/10

The exhibit, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” opened on Oct. 30 and will run throughout the Christmas Season, closing on Feb. 13.

The Smithsonian Institution has an annual budget of $761 million, 65 percent of which comes from the federal government, according to Linda St. Thomas, the Smithsonian's chief spokesperson. The National Portrait Gallery itself received $5.8 million in federal funding in fiscal year 2010, according to St. Thomas. It also received $5.8 million in federal funding in fiscal 2009, according to the museum’s annual report. The gallery’s overall funding in that year was $8 million.

A spokesperson for the gallery’s external affairs office said the cost to mount the “Hide/Seek” exhibit is $750,000, the most expensive exhibition to date at the National Portrait Gallery.

Located just seven blocks from the White House, the National Portrait Gallery is a Washington, D.C., tourist attraction because of its permanent collection of portraits of distinguished American figures. These include iconic pieces such as a version of Charles Willson Peale's painting of George Washington after the Battle of Princeton and John Trumbull's portrait of John Adams when he was vice president.

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