Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Homophobia on World AIDS Day - Smithsonian Pulls AIDS Art Piece

Republicans and Catholic League president William Donahue have gotten the Smithsonian to take down a part of the museum's new queer exhibit Hide/Seek, claiming it is hate speech.

The video work A Fire in My Belly from NYC artist David Wojnarowicz, who died in 1992 from AIDS, featured ants crawling over Jesus Christ's body. It was, fittingly, supposed to represent the suffering of AIDS victims.

Rep. Jack Kingston called for the museums funds to be "looked into": "If they’ve got money to squander like this – of a crucifix being eaten by ants, of Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, men in chains, naked brothers kissing – then I think we should look at their budget."

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