Never in American history has the amount of hate escalated to the point of displaying severe hate of an American president as seen in the latest act by a University of Alaska Anchorage professor where his painting depicts Captain America holding the severed head of President Donald Trump.
Professor Thomas Chung said he was initially hesitant to submit the painting for a faculty art show out of concern that it would make some students feel uncomfortable, but ultimately decided to display it in hopes of starting a conversation.
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.
“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, who calls himself a conservative, said the piece represents a double standard in how people can talk about President Trump versus former President Obama.
Update: There have been reports of death threats against the professor who painted this painting. I or the Conservative Firing Line do not condone violence so please do not do anything irrational. Let the University handle it.
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