Glenn Beck hits ‘the media and the left’ for criticizing ‘Obama in Pee Pee’

An artistic depiction of Glenn Beck. I think we should sell this for $25,000. Image by Donkey Hotey.

An artistic depiction of Glenn Beck. I think we should sell this for $25,000. Image by Donkey Hotey.

By Jessica Huseman

I’m all for calling the media out on bias, but I find it difficult to fault the media (and, I suppose, “the Left”) for criticizing conservative talk show host Glenn Beck’s attempt to “to make a point about the Constitution” by floating an Obama toy in a jar of fake urine.

Beck announced Tuesday he would make a statement on Constitutionally protected free speech by auctioning off “Obama in Pee Pee” and five other “works of art” done by Beck himself (in reality, he painted over prints of several famous paintings he happened not to like). “Obama in Pee Pee” was meant to be a direct comparison to the famously offensive “Piss Christ,” a 1987 photograph that featured a crucifix floating in urine, but the move to sell Beck’s statement as art was a direct response to Michael D’Antuono’s painting of Obama in the pose of Jesus being crucified.

“Art is in the eye of the beholder and this guy has a right to do this,” Beck said Tuesday night. “I think it’s offensive. I don’t think it’s close to reality but whatever floats your boat. I support his right to do exactly that. I agree with him that people who are upset should not trump his right to be able to do it and be able to hang it wherever he wants – as long as it’s wanted there.”

And you know what? I agree. And I think Beck has the right to do this, too. He certainly does have the right to throw an Obama toy in a jar of yellow liquid and sell it off for charity (because attention obviously wasn’t what he really wanted), because it is protected in the Constitution. I even think it’s totally OK for Mr. Beck to paint clothing onto a Lucian Freud painting, call it “Cubist Grandma Naps” and list it on eBay with this heinous description:

“This lady here, she’s got to be wearing some jeans. She’s got some jeans on her– from 1791 I might point out. Oh, we had to make a lot of fabric for fatty-fat-fatso here. Oh and a Christmas sweater– ah look, it’s so beautiful, a little christmas [sic] sweater. Now I say this is just grandma on the couch taking a little nappy-nap. And maybe a little sock here and a little sock there. And, uh, a big warning sign over her face.”

Yeah. That’s painting is going for more than $1,200. Go figure.

Here is the problem I do have: Glenn Beck posted this doozy on his site on Thursday accusing the media of “[missing] the point,” saying:

“Not surprisingly, the media and the left flew into outrage mode over Glenn’s placing of a fake Obama into a fake jar of urine. They have said that he’s trying to make money and get his name in the paper again. That he’s trying to rile up the left by taking the President and desecrating his image. But the truth is, Glenn has always been about trying to educate through entertainment, but the media once again wants to focus on the presentation and not on the message.”

Because, I’m sorry, when you throw an Obama toy in a jar of fake urine and call it “Obama in Pee Pee,” what message do you think people will get from that? Do you think they won’t think you are trying to “rile up the left” or “get [your] name in the paper again”?

Let’s be honest about the thing: No one knows who Mr. D’Antuono is. A quick search of his name shows he has a history of painting things that are screamingly left and almost definitely offensive. So, when he paints a picture of Obama posing like Jesus, chances are the media is going to ignore it. And they should – because one painting by one guy who paints this shit all the time isn’t news. It is, at best, a trivia question.

On the other hand, when Glenn Beck, a self-proclaimed antidote to the liberal media and a household name, floats the president’s image in a glass of “urine” and attempts to sell it for $25,000that’s news. And it should be criticized, because it is exactly what it looks like: a sad man too conservative even for Fox News, trying to get back on national television any way he can. So, Glenn Beck, if you want to call it like you see it and rant about Constitutionally protected free speech, why don’t you just let the media say whatever they want? We’ll call it even.

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