You have got to be kidding me. Why on earth would a University display something this graphic for one, and for two, why would they display something that portrays the leader of our country as being brutally murdered? It does not make it “okay” that they used Captain America, who is weirdly naked, to be the one holding Trump’s head. Captain America is a character in a story, and nothing more.
The work, created by Assistant Professor of Painting Thomas Chung, is being presented as part of a month-long faculty art exhibition in the university’s fine arts gallery, reports KTUU.
“It’s an image of the actor who plays Captain America, and two eagles are sort of screaming into his ears, and he’s holding the severed head of Trump, and there’s a young Hillary Clinton clinging to his leg,” Chung said to describe his painting. “I was reminded of those 80’s rock posters, where there’s a woman in tattered clothes clinging to a strong male hero’s leg.”
A Facebook post by Paul Berger, a former UAA faculty member, shows that the painting is visible from outside of the gallery entrance and will be the first thing people see as they enter.
“I’M NOT SURE HOW I WANT TO RESPOND TO THIS,” BERGER WROTE. “FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND IS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, FAIR ENOUGH (ALTHOUGH, I MIGHT WAGER THE SEVERED HEAD OF OUR FORMER PRESIDENT MIGHT ILLICIT [SIC] A DIFFERENT RESPONSE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION OF UAA AND THEIR STUDENT BODY). THE SECOND IS PUBLIC FUNDING OF OUR UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.”
The painting has apparently resulted in a number of complaints to the university and a debate on the appropriateness of the painting.
He stated, “I was really torn about putting this piece up a faculty show, because I would never talk about my own political beliefs to my students,” Chung asserted, saying he wavered about putting the painting on display out of concern that it might make some students feel uncomfortable. “But I realized that I feel very strongly about this, and I think even students that might be pro-Trump supporters could benefit from having a conversation with me about why I feel this way—why I painted this.”
Berger considers himself a Conservative and thinks that this shows how people will openly bash Trump, opposed to if it were a painting of Obama, which would then be criticized.
What do you think? Is this genius or offensive?
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