On Dec 1, 2010, a short video excerpt of "A Fire In My Belly" by David Wojnarowicz was pulled from the Hide/Seek exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery due to pressure from Republican lawmakers threatening the Smithsonian's funding.
Censorship in the 21st century is a frightening reaction to an exhibit that was created to show differences in sexual identity in modern America. Aren't we beyond this by now? When will this stop?
In response to the Smithsonian's decision to remove "A Fire In My Belly" from the Hide/Seek exhibit and to protest against censorship in the arts, VandM.com is screening the original 13-minute silent version of David Wojnarowicz's video online, courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York.
Please be warned that the video may be considered graphic or offensive to some viewers.