Stephen Colbert on A Fire in My Belly

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Fire in My Belly bit starts at about 2:50.  Stephen Colbert (who it’s worth noting, is a devout Catholic), mocks representative Congressman Eric Cantor’s criticism of Fire in My Belly as an attack on Christians at Christmastime  in a beautiful display of pretentious artspeak that accomplishes a nice looping logic connecting the current crisis to the Helms era de-funding of the NEA and Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ.  Colbert points out that Eric Cantor is the only Republican Jew in Congress.  Oy vey…

Almost to drive home the point further, Stephen follows up his commentary on the censorship of Fire in My Belly by having on Smithsonian National Museum of American History Director Brent Glass, who announces that Stephen’s portrait is going back on display at the Museum of American History.  Make of that what you will.

2 comments to Stephen Colbert on A Fire in My Belly

  • I’ve always found it counterintuitive that American Jews tend towards the Democratic Party considering that their default policy is anti-Israel–especially in the current administration. Conversely the Republicans and Conservatives are historically the greatest supporters of Israel and the Jews. The authentic victimhood that the Jewish people experienced might influence their choice of the Democratic party who never saw an underclass they can’t create a culture of victimhood around and pump taxpayer’s entitlement money into instead of giving them a boot up, thus guaranteeing the votes of folks who view them as a legion of Santa Claus’.

    Regarding the NEA (and for that matter NPR, and PBS): If artist’s or broadcasters with controversial messages can’t compete in the free market, it’s not the taxpayer’s responsibility to subsidize them.

  • I completely disagree. Both parties are overwhelmingly pro-Israel, to the point where for half a century they’ve competed to subsidize Israel both economically and militarily. As a Jew, I find the Christian right within the Republican Party and their creepy desire to push Israel into fulfilling Christian philosophy very threatening both to the future of Jewry and the future of Israel.

    I believe it is the taxpayer and government’s responsibility to subsidize the arts. Given that the exhibition was largely paid for by foundation and private funding and Wojnarowicz was successful as an artist in the market during and after his lifetime, an argument that the government doesn’t have a responsibility to subsidize the arts isn’t really relevant to this incident. Unless you’re making an argument that there shouldn’t be any public museums or arts facilities of any kind.

    I’d certainly rather have my government subsidizing arts institutions here in the United States rather than subsidizing the military of a foreign government.

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