I have some news that is so childish that it’s simply pathetic.
Pulphus said the painting, one of more than 400 works by winners of a national student art contest from each congressional district, was inspired by the 2014 civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., near his home. The art depicted a horned beast similar to a wild boar in a police uniform in the foreground tangling with a protester rendered as a wolf. In the background, protesters hold signs, including one that says, “Racism kills.”
Pulphus’s painting was removed the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday after Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) said in a statement that he had been informed by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s office that Capitol officials had concluded that the painting violated House rules.
Ryan (R-Wis.) cited rules against “depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature” on the Capitol premises. Law enforcement groups and conservative media outlets said the work portrayed police officers as pigs and was disrespectful to police.
In January, Ryan said that the painting was “disgusting” and “not befitting the Capitol.”
I have actually spoken about David Pulphus’ painting before now…
I am really having difficulty imagining how thin a person’s skin has to be for them to find that painting disrespectful…
For one thing, respect is earned… it is not inherent.
If the painting is representative of David’s life and his community… who the hell is anybody to say that the police officers in his community deserve respect? Pretty sure it isn’t somebody from California.
And so here we are.
Ryan and gang removed the painting and Clay has now sued.
I honestly struggle to understand how this fellow’s painting could be considered that offensive. It’s straightforward, it’s honest, and it’s historical. It isn’t a current event. It’s a representation of that man’s community and the community Clay serves.
I mean for gods sake, you’re grown ass men. You can walk away. You can choose whether or not you want to listen to another’s speech. It isn’t like somebody is forcing you to stand in front of the painting.
But apparently, the weasels can’t do that.
That’d be too American… too much of an adult decision…
So the whiny weasels continue to whine.