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Art donors outraged after Smithsonian removes video that offended Catholics

December 14, 2010

The Andy Warhol Foundation has threatened to withdraw support from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, after the National Portrait Gallery removed a video that had outraged Catholics.

The Warhol Foundation demanded that the video by David Wojnarowicz, which depicted ants crawling across a crucifix, be returned to public viewing in the National Portrait Gallery. The removal of the video was “blatant censorship,” the group said. Other art galleries have begun showing the video in a protest against the Smithsonian Institution’s decision.


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Dec. 15, 2010 2:28 AM ET USA

    The Warhol people and the other complainers don't want true freedom of expression; they want license for their viewpoint and suppression of everyone else's.

  • Posted by: umpynelson3459 - Dec. 14, 2010 8:19 PM ET USA

    Blatant censorship they say? Maybe they should have put a Q'ran on the floor and let the ants crawl on it. I'm sure that would go over well too. I know that we are taught to turn the other cheek. But we have turned it so much now that they slap us with impunity when ever they want. A soul gets tired of nonsense.