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November 30, 2012

Flagellating the “Artist”

You’ve perhaps heard about this piece of smarm that is going around the Interwebs. Seems there’s an artist who decided to be Edgy and Transgressive, so he belched forth this:

Stuff like this is extraordinarily tiresome, and I was going to pass it by entirely until I saw the Beat-Down to End All Beat-Downs from Mark Shea. Read the whole thing–it is epic, and offers the background–but here’s the conclusion:

Michael D’Antuono: you are a living testament to everything that is most disgusting about the “arts community” in your posing self-regard and bullying hypocrisy. Next time, try a painting of say, Obama killing children with a predator drone if you *really* want to be all Brave and Transgressive. Christians don’t issue fatwas, you gutless coward. And your Suffering Savior is murdering innocent civilians. That’s truth.

That is gonna leave a mark.

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Should I presume from this that you regard the use of drones as breaching just war principles? If so, then the indictment should surely also be directed at the previous administration not just the present one.

[1] Posted by Jeremy Bonner on 11-30-2012 at 02:30 PM · [top]

Nice herring you got there!

[2] Posted by paradoxymoron on 11-30-2012 at 03:16 PM · [top]

It was a serious question.

If David intended it as satire to make his point, fair enough.

As to the representation itself, while it is absurd, I’m reminded of the compelling way in which Chaim Potok uses the crucifixion image in his two Asher Lev novels, where the ‘Christ’ figure is the painter’s mother. The Orthodox Jewish artist is asked why he appropriated a sacred (albeit Gentile) icon to convey something that is, if not profane, only human rather than divine, to which he responds that there is no other image that conveys the idea of suffering patiently born. Perhaps this artist feels the same way - absurd, but ther you are. It’s preferable to the desecration of a Host or a crucifix.

[3] Posted by Jeremy Bonner on 11-30-2012 at 04:03 PM · [top]

Is this analogous to the ape draping a lion skin over the poor dumb ass and trying to pass it off as Aslan?

[4] Posted by Frances S Scott on 11-30-2012 at 04:22 PM · [top]


A certain current U.S. president might be an ass, but I doubt he is a dumb ass (he can’t be that dumb to manage to get re-elected with the record he had).  That term would best be reserved for those who voted for him.  wink

[5] Posted by jamesw on 11-30-2012 at 04:49 PM · [top]

Actually, Jeremy, the drone thing is Mark Shea’s hobby horse. But I think you can also make the case that a lot of the people who think of Obama in messianic terms have a tendency to, shall we say, overlook the less convenient aspects of his reign, such as taking over virtually every tactic used by the Bushitler administration (the ones that brought cries of “war crimes” from the left), and in many instances such as the use of drones expanding their usage.

[6] Posted by David Fischler on 11-30-2012 at 08:12 PM · [top]

Edgy is Glenn Beck’s latest tweak of the port side:  A photo of a small figuring of Obama immersed in a jar of urine (it turns out it was really beer).  The Left had a collectiv(ist) brain hemmorage over it.  Priceless.

[7] Posted by Jeffersonian on 11-30-2012 at 11:42 PM · [top]

My mistake, David.

Sometimes, I lose track of what is somebody else’s quote and what is Stand Firm interpolation.

[8] Posted by Jeremy Bonner on 12-1-2012 at 03:15 AM · [top]


I don’t know about that.  Seems to me a certain U.S. president is either unable or unwilling to shake off the portrayal of himself as something other than what he is.
As to those who voted for him, “monkey see, monkey do”; the ability to ape what others are thinking, saying, doing, is pretty stong among his supporters.

[9] Posted by Frances S Scott on 12-1-2012 at 01:52 PM · [top]

“(he can’t be that dumb to manage to get re-elected with the record he had).  That term would best be reserved for those who voted for him.”

We are dumber than the Egyptians. They do not have the heritage we have, and even large numbers of them are starting to “get” it, if recent protests are anything to go by.

[10] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 12-4-2012 at 06:58 PM · [top]

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