Glenn Beck sticks Obama figurine in jar of pee, calls it art -- UPDATE

Get it? It’s a commentary on… something. And an indication that 25 years later, outrage manufacturer Glenn Beck is still feeling salty about Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ.” Also: he’s very well-hydrated. Update: Beck’s artwork has been removed from eBay, where he was attempting to auction it off for $25,000; the website said in a letter that it does not allow the sale of bodily waste or references to bodily fluids in listings.

Okay, some background: On Tuesday, Beck got wind of a painting hanging in a community college’s art gallery that depicts President Obama crucified on the presidential seal, wearing a suit, a tie, and a crown of thorns. Though artist Michael D’Antuono originally made the image — called “Truth” — years ago, it hasn’t been displayed until now due to “public outrage,” in Fox News’s words.

On his radio program, Beck said that he actually believes D’Antuono has the right to make and exhibit “Truth,” even though he doesn’t see anything Jesus-like in Obama: “I think it’s offensive,” Beck explained, not at all self-righteously. “I don’t think it’s close to reality, but whatever floats your boat… That document [the Constitution’s First Amendment] says I can’t stop him, and the spirit of that document is that I shouldn’t try.”

Clearly, Beck is a beacon of tolerance. But would his opponents on the left afford the same courtesy to a piece of art that offended them? That’s where “Obama in Pee-Pee” — yes, that’s what Beck seriously named his “artwork” — comes in. Beck is planning to sell his masterpiece for $25,000. (Serrano received $15,000 when “Piss Christ” won an art competition, though that was in glorious ’80s dollars.) My only real complaint is that Beck used that weird, cheap-looking figurine instead of this awesome one.

The moral of the story — for nearly the same price as one term at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, you could nab a jar of Glenn Beck’s cold urine room-temperature beer. That’s apparently what Beck really put into the jar, according to a statement he made on BlazeTV. Now this is what I call a bargain! (I do not know what the word “bargain” means.)

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