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Published on Jan 5, 2013
Glenn Beck & artist Michael D'Antuono discuss their political differences and surprisingly find common ground through D'Antuono's provocative art. Beck had earlier defended the artist's first amendment right to show his controversial painting of President Obama being crucified in front of the Presidential seal titled "The Truth". Although both men 's work have been credited with fueling political divisiveness in the past, here together the unlikely pair of political opposites become the picture of civil discourse.
During his show on TheBlazeTV Wednesday, Glenn Beck resumed his discussion on the First Amendment, particularly how it relates to artistic expression. After much controversy surrounding Beck’s creation of an Obama bobble head doll submerged in a mason jar of yellow liquid (which was actually water with food coloring), he sat down with the artist, Michael D’Antuono, who inspired it all with his controversial painting titled “Truth.”
The painting, which features a crucified President Barack Obama wearing a crown of thorns, led Beck to test the limits of freedom of speech.
D’Antuono argued that he did not intend to portray Obama as Christ despite the veil/curtains, crown of thorns and the implied crucifixion. Beck accused him of not being totally honest about his intentions.
“I do not think he is Christ. I was not trying to convey that,” D’Antuono told Beck, explaining the inspiration behind his painting. “Actually, this painting does not convey my own personal opinions. It is more a mirror reflecting the personal opinions and prejudices, preconceived ideas of the viewer. It’s kind of a sociological experiment.”
Beck replied. “How do you not say this is an image of Christ? He is splitting the veil, you know that right?”
In response, the artist said there are so many “interpretations” and the curtains could stand for “creating transparency.”
What about the crucifixion pose? D’Antuono said Jesus was not the only person crucified, further defending his claim that he was not depicting Obama as Jesus.
Despite Beck’s best efforts, the artist was not shaken and refused to take the bait. In fact, he shot back at Beck with some quick witted but kind natured retorts. This led to the unlikely pair finding common ground despite their philosophical differences. D’Antuono even get’s Beck to question if his own hyperbolic antics might have exasperated the divide in this country.