Friday, July 22, 2005

Ministry of Virtue and Vice

The Federal Department of Virtue and Vice, known as the Federal Communications Commission, is getting some help from the Broward Art Guild in Florida. The guild's board of directors on Wednesday fired executive director Susan Buzzi, who has worked there at least 10 years, after she appeared in a Daily Show spoof, yes, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, about an explicit art piece without consulting the board. The Broward Art Guild's May exhibit, and again, I must say I'm not making this up, is called "Controversy."

"They called a secret meeting of the board and fired her," said board member Kate Barnett, who voted to keep Buzzi. They said, "She wasn't `communicating properly with them.' I said, `Go for it. Publicity is publicity.'"

The explicit art depicted an Arab sheik having his way with President Bush over an oil barrel, an image the artist said he created to protest the role of oil in the Iraq war. Buzzi sparked a censorship debate when she moved the piece in response to a complaint.

In the Daily Show segment, which aired last week, Buzzi became flustered when questioned by correspondent Ed Helms. The spoof also pokes fun at the man who complained about another local artist featured in the exhibition for his depiction of Pope Benedict surrounded by Nazi images.

Michael Friedman said Thursday that he does not regret complaining about Buzzi, but he does oppose Buzzi's firing.

"I never thought any of this would happen," he said.

They want to tell you what you can read, watch, listen to, under what circumstances you can have a child or not to, if your prescription of birth control pills conforms to their religious beliefs, if and whom you can marry, if you can vote, force you to take a pledge and prevent you from protesting.

"I never thought any of this would happen?" You voted Republican didn't you? You live in Florida don't you? The only thing necessary for the triumph of Republicans is for good people to do nothing. And the Curmudgeon is also cranky because he missed the Broward Art Guild clip on the Daily Show which is probably itself under investigation for indecency by the FCC as we speak. While we still can.


Blogger Ellen Beth said...

good post, curmudg

4:57 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

DC responds:

Thank you. Amazing people can't see the toilet bowl spiral the Republicans have set in motion.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Petunia McGillicuddy said...

check this out... real genuine comments...

i've tried to argue with democrats on the war. They're too mad at Bush and his "lies" that they don't take a look at the real situation. We're fighting these people off of American soil so we don't have to fight 'em here, but they're too busy thinking about "WMD" and all that crap. They don't take a view of the big picture. They're stuborn asses, and you can't budge 'em, so I just gave up trying.

Some people like to be bitter. Even using the most liberal argument, using THEIR arguments, they'll disagree, because they want to.

Sure, we're fighting terrorists on their soil, however, there is no question we'll continue fighting them on our soil as well. Are our borders protected? Do muslims have to denounce their faith to become citizens? No and no. Until all are converted to Christianity, people will attempt to resolve their disputes with violence.

While I don't agree with the way that Bush has handled this war, I still support our country, and to do that, my opinion is that I still have to support our President. Will I vote to re-elect him? Uh, no. But in the mean time, I must hold my tongue and support our leader.

Me again... I'm beginning to think: let 'em all go down the toilet. WHy not? They voted for him. Let them get what they deserve. Ptooey.

9:49 PM  

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