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Mr. Weiner Wanted To Boot ‘Sexist’ Statue

For some reason this New York Daily News article from last February seems oddly relevant:

Pols say selling ‘sexist’ Queens statue on craigslist would be a civic virtue

By Lisa. L. Colangelo
Friday, February 25th 2011

The statue, depicting a naked man representing ‘civic virtue’ trampling the twin sirens of ‘vice’ and ‘corruption,’ has been called sexist by some.

A controversial Queens statue, featured as an "Eyesore Next Door" in the Daily News, should be sold through an online classifieds site, according to a group of elected officials.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner said the city should ditch the statue, "Triumph of Civic Virtue," because it is "sexist."

Other descriptions of this statue describes the hero as "well endowed." So maybe Mr. Weiner resented the competition.

Weiner and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Jackson Heights) – who want to sell the statue on craigslist to raise funds – said it is offensive because it depicts a nude man stepping on two women.

But didn’t Mr. Weiner follow two young women on Twitter?

The statue, crafted more than 100 years ago, is supposed to depict civic virtue, triumphant over the twin sirens of vice and corruption

Which could be another reason for Mr. Weiner’s objections. After all, where would he or any Democrat be without "vice and corruption"?

The statue was first placed outside City Hall but banished to Queens by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, reportedly because he was tired of being "mooned" every time he walked in and out of the building

And that was long before the days of Twitter.

Which reminds us. We need to come up with a ‘frontal’ equivalent to ‘mooning.’ Maybe ‘Weinering’ would work.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Mr. Weiner Wanted To Boot ‘Sexist’ Statue”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “We need to come up with a ‘frontal’ equivalent to ‘mooning.’ Maybe ‘Weinering’ would work.”
    My first thought was that Oscar Mayer has that trademark.

    “Weiner and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Jackson Heights) – who want to sell the statue on craigslist to raise funds – said it is offensive because it depicts a nude man stepping on two women.”
    A crucifix in a cup of piss is art but this is degrading?
    A bull whip up a mans’ rump is classic but this is repulsive?

    Conclusion: Weiner (D) and Ferreras (D) have deep seated penis envy.

    • beautyofreason says:

      I personally like this sculpture. A lot of hero myths show a man vanquishing a woman (Hercules vs. Medusa), and vice versa. Most sculptures based on Classical forms go a step further and represent a woman as virtue and justice. Are those images sexist too? lol.

      On your posting about controversial public art, I agree. There’s a double standard when it comes to what the public is forced to pay for. Why does the ACLU hate the fact that there is a sign with a cross on it at a public school founded by Methodists? When the same ACLU is fine with the government forces American taxpayers to fund “art” that makes nasty jibes against the personal religion of the majority?

      At what point did public art become a political or social billboard against those who have to subsidize it? Seems like it started with the polarized atmosphere of the 1960s and 70s. Virtually every artist was on the left, a significant number were in favor of old school Communism, and it became important to make “word art” that explicitly hawked a point of view.

      Why can’t these people raise money for their own fetishes? As a painter let me say that you have no idea how much Serrano and Mapplethorpe are revered in art circles, and how the controversy about their public works is used to critique the so – called “anti-free speech” conservatives. George Bush senior made the same error in the 90s when he said that he did not want to restrict funding to the National Endowment for the Arts for works like those of Serrano (“piss Christ”) because he was opposed to censorship. But it’s not censorship to prevent someone from receiving public funds. Or does that mean the ACLU has been trying to censor Christianity all along?

      It seems like art is taking the place that religion once occupied. Left leaning academics have made a case to fund “free expression” to insure that left leaning political art is rewarded. The committees that elevate work for endowments sometimes often choose recipients who share those views. Don’t get me wrong; I love all sorts of art and free expression. But the political funding is atrocious.

  2. proreason says:

    Weinergate is fascinating, since calling that guy a turd is an insult to turds everywhere.

    But I have noticed that Drudge is silent on the matter. Hot Air as well, though that is less significant. Drudge has the nose for the news.

    Conservatives should proceed with caution.

  3. JohnMG says:

    Does anyone remember the scorn heaped upon John Aschcroft concerning the draping of the nude statue at the (I believe) Supreme Court? The media couldn’t villify him enough. While Mr. Ashcroft was openly candid about his personal faith and morals, he never went on a crusade such as this dip-shit Weiner has. And as pointed out, Weiner has the morals and habits of an alley cat, so from whence his outrage?

    The double standard is alive and doing quite well

  4. tranquil.night says:

    “Wy-ner, my name is Wy-ner!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwlyiF0jlQE

    I’m trying hard to care about his apparent insecurities, unhappiness with his marriage/life and/or general creepiness, but just can’t do it. He’s your average Liberal.

    So instead I’m gonna chime in with the rest of the crowd with the jokes of ridicule, like this proves how serious we see those Dems really are about ‘tightening those belts,’ and that they’re definitely unsuited to govern.

    Okay, got the jollies in. When it comes to naked Marxism, Spike has been caught with his pants down for years now, and here we are, crackin’ weiner jokes while living in Obamaville. Can only throw your hands up and laugh at things like this to massage how un-funny the reality is.

    • jobeth says:

      ““Wy-ner, my name is Wy-ner!”

      Yeah…but he acts like such a weenie…..

      (Forgive me y’all….it was just too easy….lol)

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “That’s Whi–ner…..Whiiiiii—–nerrrrr…..Wahhhhhhh!”

      Honestly, of all the irrelevant people in the world, we have to be bothered by this guy. Is it true that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”?

  5. Mithrandir says:

    WELL! If a good ‘ol honest politician has a moral opinion about something, then we should all stop what we are doing, sit in a circle, Indian-style, and listen intently.

    We know their character is on a level so much higher than whatever it is they are complaining about.

    (KKK (D) Robert Byrd, Ted Kennedy etc. . .)


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