The Smithsonian's Betrayal Of Free Expression, Ctd

The official who yanked the David Wojnarowicz video after Bill Donohue pulled some Christianist strings ... now says he acted hastily. He pulled the art work without ever viewing it. And he basically concedes the move was entirely political. He's right that much of the other work was superior - often vastly superior - but saying he didn't want publicity of the Donohue kind because it would have undermined the purpose of the exhibition seems perverse to me.

Actually, I think it would be the perfect way both to draw attention to it and its theme: that gay artists have long had to navigate political and social marginalization to express art. And it would reveal that the Smithsonian actually backs the artists and not the bullies.