The College of Alaska Anchorage has taken no motion towards a professor’s portray, which depicts a shirtless Chris Evans—the actor who performs Captain America within the Marvel movies—holding the severed head of President Trump as Hillary Clinton clings to Evans’ leg.
Although the portray makes some folks uncomfortable—for a wide range of causes—good artwork is supposed to problem accepted notions and unsettle social norms. It has an essential function to play in mocking highly effective folks, significantly authorities figures. That is doubly true for artwork housed at a public college, the place free expression is an ironclad worth.
And but, according to Campus Reform, the painting—which currently can be found in the university’s fine art gallery—has generated numerous complaints. Paul Berger, a former UAA professor who identifies as a conservative, told a local news station that he questioned whether it was appropriate.
“Had the roles been reversed, and it was Obama’s head hanging there, I think the outrage would be fantastic,” said Berger. “As a free speech advocate, everyone has a right to express their opinion the way they want to express them. But as a parent and a citizen, there’s a discussion. In a university setting, what’s appropriate?”
Well, who’s the snowflake now?
Conservatives like to chide liberal students for getting offended about everything. But many conservative members of campus are easily offended as well. If someone claimed that a painting of Trump being beheaded was triggering, or made the person feel unsafe, it would be just as ridiculous as someone else claiming that chalk messages like “build the wall” and “stop islam” were triggering or emblematic of an unsafe campus.
Kudos to UAA for not bowing to pressure, and keeping the painting—which, by the way, is kind of awesome.