Disgusting insult to Pope Benedict XVI
The Milwaukee Art Museum has chosen to display a disgusting and vile portrait of Pope Benedict XVI. The art piece, by Niki Johnson, is made out of 17,000 condoms and is titled “Eggs Benedict.”
The portrait is supposedly intended to incite discussion about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, but there are far more respectful ways to achieve this end. The method Johnson has chosen insults an entire faith tradition, and her portrait should not be given any credence in the art community.
By choosing to display this portrait, the Milwaukee Art Museum is actively participating in Johnson’s attack on the Christian faith and the Catholic community.
Despite the controversy surrounding the museum’s decision to display Johnson’s piece, museum director Dan Keegan is standing by his decision. In a statement, he claimed that he hoped the portrait would create “room for conversation—about the underlying discussion the artist intended.” However, if this was another faith’s leader (say, Muhammed, for instance), the museum would almost certainly refuse to display this portrait for fear of being “politically incorrect.”
When did it become acceptable for the art community to display disgusting and disrespectful portraits of Christian leaders? We must act NOW to tell the Milwaukee Art Museum that this decision is not acceptable and it will not be tolerated by their patrons!
There is still time for the public outcry over this decision to be heard. The portrait will not be displayed until November, when the museum’s renovations are complete. If we act now, the decision could still be changed!
Sign this petition now!
Do not display "Eggs Benedict"