The Politics of Effigy?

Violence. Art. Politics. Sigh.

The artist?
The artist? (by

C'mon Chad Michael Morisette. You really want to force our hands on this one? You really want to have that "there's-a-thin-line-between-art- and-outrage" argument now? One week before the election?

Your disturbing effigy of Sarah Palin, shown hanging by "her" neck in a noose has a few too many touchstones in the context of political theater (which includes in its historical oeuvre, lynchings, not to mention, um, violence against women) to be simply taken as light humor, or even art.

I will not indulge the art angle. And your "It's Halloween" defense is weak. Were this in a gallery or some installation where viewers had a choice to see or not, we could have a little chat. But the context here is a public Halloween display. On the street. Outside in front of your house.

And girl, you live in WeHo. While I'm no advocate of that reductive bullshit that says, "What one gay person does in public represents us all," but geeeez, Chad, that shit's violent. And the quote is "violence begets violence," not "violence begets fabulous." (Unless you are John Waters, which you are not, and if you were, this display would have been a lot more imaginative.) No matter what high-minded veil of art you wish to wave over it, no matter how light and fun and "spooky" you tell yourself it is: It's violent. And in the current political climate, Halloween or no, that's the real source of scary.

Shame on you, dude.

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