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Hey Buddy Can Spare Some Porn? Obama's Nea Stimulus Secret

by Christopher Wager (writer), Salem,,, July 31, 2009

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"Pan-sexual performance series" invites guests to "join in for some explicit, twisted fun."

Questionable spending of NEA funds is nothing new; every administration has had their battles with the right and the different religious groups over what is art. However this time the standing president might have taken it too far. This being one if not the only time the P word has been used to describe supported endowments.

As reported by Fox news .com the National Endowment for the Arts received a staggering $80 million dollars out of the $787 Billion dollar stimulus package to be divided among the different artist groups. Such as jobs in museums, orchestras, theaters and dance troupes that have been hit hard by the recession. (Abrams)

However some of the more… colorful choices include the world’s only underground kinky art porno horror film, complete with four men, three women and a gorilla, appropriately titled Thundercrack. Being screened at the Frameline Film house, a gay and lesbian film house which received a $50,000.00 dollar grant from the NEA. In their defense the director of Frameline did say in an e-mail to fox that their $50,000 grant was not to support any program in particular.

Other titles receiving funds include “Perverts Put Out" at San Francisco's CounterPULSE, whose "long-running pansexual performance series" invites guests to "join in for some explicit, twisted fun."

CounterPULSE received a $25,000 grant in the "Dance" category; a staffer there said they were pleased to receive the grant, "which over the next year will be used to preserve jobs at our small non-profit.

A spokeswoman for the NEA review panel Victoria Hutter said, "It's a thorough, rigorous process that they all go through, and we're proud of the projects that we've been able to support."

Other “projects” that have received and will likely continue to receive funding at the tune of $25,000.00 include "The Symmetry Project," a dance piece by choreographer Jess Curtis.

The show depicts "the share of a central axis, a spine, mouth, genitals, face, and anus reveal interconnectedness and centrality in embodied experience," according to a description offered on Curtis' Web site. This show is basically two people writhing naked on the floor, money well spent. Jess Curtis choreographer of the show had a lot to say about art, money and government.

"I think art is an incredibly important part of our culture and our life and ... that it's very much appropriate that our government should be supporting it."

This is what Luis R. Cancel; director of cultural affairs for the San Francisco Arts Council had to say about what the arts mean to his town. “San Francisco's economy is driven by the arts, which provided nearly 30,000 jobs in the city last year.”

David Williams, vice president for policy at Citizens Against Government Waste also had something to say about what the NEA finds worthy of your hard earned tax dollars.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, he said.”These sorts of programs really do need to be funded by the patrons that go to the performances -- not by the federal government."

Altogether the arts and friends of the arts received 630 grants amounted to over $29,700,000.00. That’s a lot of reviewing; to single out one or two groups to say it’s a waste of money with taking a closer look at the rest is silly. (Abrams)  

Whatever your feelings are about what constitutes art one thing is clear, we shall never completely agree on what people want, should be allowed to have or how much should be spent on it. The battle between the NEA and the right will continue long after this president has left office. There is no accounting for tastes, your author’s personal view on the subject is simple, the government has gone out of its way to spend more money on worse things. If there is an audience for this type of entertainment they should have a voice.

Works Cited

Abrams, Joseph. Foxnews.com. 30 July 2009.



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Christopher Wager is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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3 comments on Hey Buddy Can Spare Some Porn? Obama's Nea Stimulus Secret

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By Christopher Wager on July 31, 2009 at 07:08 pm

Well, I would like to thank you guys for your thoughts on this subject.

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By Lady D on July 31, 2009 at 07:33 pm

Well the gov't has always given grants to up and coming artists they were just call royalty or the church. Micheal Angelo and Rembrant were considered pornographic by some in thier day.

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By Christopher Wager on July 31, 2009 at 07:49 pm

Thanks Lady D for your thoughts.

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