And just like that, free speech on campus is important again.
For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention, here’s a quick recap of where we are now. If Ann Coulter or any other conservative wants to speak on a college campus, it’s justification for a riot. If a professor decides to paint the president as beheaded, it’s an important free speech issue. Got it?
Campus Reform reports:
U Alaska art exhibition displays Trump’s severed head
The University of Alaska Anchorage is displaying a professor’s painting that depicts Captain America holding the severed head of President Donald Trump.
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.”
No big deal. Everyone on the left would have been fine with a similar tribute to Obama eight years ago, right?
FOX News covered the story yesterday:
Thomas Chung, the professor who created the painting, has apparently become the target of threats.
Alaska Dispatch News reports:
UAA art professor finds himself the target of threats for Trump painting
A University of Alaska Anchorage professor’s dramatic painting of “Captain America” actor Chris Evans holding the severed head of President Donald Trump by the hair has prompted hate mail and threats causing the artist to request a police escort.
“The school was receiving calls from people trying to find out what classrooms I taught in. That’s when it seemed like we needed some kind of security,” said the artist, assistant professor of painting Thomas Chung.
“I have a police escort taking me to and from class and standing outside the classroom so my students and myself are safe. That’s my biggest concern.”
The University Police Department is armed and offers escorts to anyone on campus who needs help or feels they need protection.
Remember when Democrats lectured about America needing a “new tone” in politics?
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