Here we go again:
The Secret Service sent agents to investigate a college art gallery exhibit of mock postage stamps, one depicting President Bush with a gun pointed at his head.
The exhibit, called “Axis of Evil: The Secret History of Sin,” opened last week at Columbia College in Chicago. It features stamps designed by 47 artists addressing issues such as the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal, racism and the war in Iraq.
None of the artists is tied to the college.
Hmm, picture of President Bush with a gun pointed at his head? Art!
Here’s the kicker:
The exhibit’s curator, Michael Hernandez de Luna, said the inquiry “frightens” him.
“It starts questioning all rights, not only my rights or the artists’ rights in this room, but questioning the rights of any artist who creates ’Äî any writer, any visual artist, any performance artist. It seems like we’re being watched,” he said.
Guess what kiddo, when you make (what at least appears to the naked eye) a threat against the president of the United States, you are going to be watched. The job of the Secret Service is to protect the president, and that does entail check out all of the nutcases who consider drawing a picture of the president with a gun pointed to his head. If some drew a picture of me like that, I would want them investigated too.
Free speech implications? You make a threat (however veiled) you should take responsibility for your actions. If I made a threat against the president and the Secret Service did NOT show up at my door, I would be angry that there were not doing their job.
Do people really think this nonsense is art or is the “artist” just doing it for the controversy?