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Conservative pundit Glenn Beck was trying to make a point about art by putting a President Obama figure in a jar of urine in response to an artist’s painting of Obama as Jesus. Beck even put the art on sale on eBay, but the auction site later pulled it down.
On his The Blaze network Tuesday, Beck was talking about The Truth, a controversial painting that shows Obama crucified on the presidential seal. According to The Huffington Post, the painting was by Michael D’Antuono and is on display at Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery in Boston.
In his segment, Beck dressed up as a parody of an artist and spoke in a fake French accent.
Beck told the audience what he really thought of The Truth, calling it “offensive.” “I don't think it's close to reality, but whatever floats your boat, Jack. I support his right to do exactly that,” he said, notes E! News.
So, since all Americans have the right to express themselves, Beck thought he’d come up with his own offensive work of art, dumping an Obama figure in a jar with what he called pee. He named the piece Flowbama and said he’d sell it for $25,000.
“If this sells, I'm going to do another piece of art for Michelle Obama and her little abs,” he said.
He continued, “It's all protected by this document,” referring to the Constitution. “Whether you're offended by this one, or by this one, sucks to be you, doesn't it? Welcome to America.”
NBC News reports that Beck told his viewers Wednesday that eBay pulled the item when bidding reached $11,000 since it had “bodily waste.” His site later confirmed that it was just water with yellow food coloring.
Beck plans on giving the proceeds from his work of art to his Mercury One charity.