Four weeks after Republicans swept into a congressional majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner delivered on what voters had clearly demanded in the election: making sure that the Smithsonian doesn't host any controversial art.
The piece in question was a film called A Fire in My Belly, the artist was David Wojnarowicz, and the scene that freaked out Boehner, the Catholic League, and a handful of other hard-line Christians was a crucifix with ants crawling on it. Now, after being yanked from the country's most respected art institution, the film and the exhibit it was part of is headed to the Tacoma Art Museum, but you can see it first here after the jump.
The film is part of a larger exhibit called "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," and it focuses on sexuality, gender, and--especially in Wojnarowicz's case--discrimination.
At the time it was banned, Boehner's spokesman released this statement about why he and the Catholic League lobbied Congress to demand the Smithsonian pull it or watch its federal funding get cut.
"American families have a right to expect better from recipients of taxpayer funds in a tough economy. While the amount of money involved may be small, it's symbolic of the arrogance Washington routinely applies to thousands of spending decisions involving Americans' hard-earned money."