What Do You Make of the Hide/Seek Controversy?


(Ellen DeGeneres by Annie Leibovitz, taken from Hide/Seek)

Today, we spoke to Jonathan Katz, the co-curator of Washington's National Portrait Gallery's new exhibit, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. It's a historical show about gay and lesbian art and identity -- a first of its kind in the U.S.

But recently, on World AIDS Day, the Smithsonian removed a piece of art from the show -- a video by the late David Wojnarowicz -- after complaints from Republican politicians and the Catholic League.

His 1987 video, Fire In My Belly, includes 11 seconds of ants crawling on a decaying crucifix, which was perceived by some to be anti-Christian. Now, many are outraged by what they see as a major museum caving to political pressure.

We want to know what you think. What do you make of the Smithsonian acting so quickly to remove the piece?  

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