I guess I'm a little surprised that this story isn't getting more attention. I suppose people think it's basically a rerun of the Robert Mapplethorpe, "NEA 7" and Andres Serrano flaps in the 1980s. But it's not the same because it's happening now. Most surprising and disappointing to me is the silence/lack of interest from several major gay blogs: Joemygod**, Pam's House Blend, This is Fyf, 365 Gay, Andrew Sullivan** (UPDATES: see below)? Not one word, and only brief mentions at Americablog and Towleroad. Very disappointing, indeed. However, there is some very good coverage elsewhere:
- By far the best, most proactive, and actually reported, rather than merely reactive, coverage of the situation can be found at Tyler Green's frequently irksome but generally excellent Modern Art Notes, as well as an excellent review of the show.
- The Blade has a thoughtful post on their blog.
- So does Metro Weekly.
- This is hilarious: Fox News claims that the Smithsonian "stands by controversial video," even while reporting that they yanked it from the show. That's a funny way of sticking up for it!
- The NY Times features some feeble words from the museum's director.
- Horrible, useless art blogger CultureGrrl basically blames the NPG for having the show in the first place. Screw you, CultureGrrl.
- The First Amendment Center blasts the NPG for cowardice.
The best reaction, however, comes from DC's Transformer Gallery, who instantly acquired the video for display and plans to mount a protest at the NPG. Good for them. Ironically, you could view it on Fox Nation and Fox News' web site earlier today, but they've since taken it down, but you can see it here on the YouTubes. Oh, what the heck, go ahead and watch it right here:
**UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan finally wrote a very good piece about the show, and so did Joemygod.