In defense of Glenn Beck's "Obama in Pee Pee"

Resurrecting "Piss Christ"

Posted by Chris Haire on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The world is full of despicable people committing despicable deeds.

Ticket witches.

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Door-to-door missionaries.

The sick bastard who invented skinny jeans.

But none of these people are as detestable as that most diabolical of douchebags: the Hack.

No other person is capable of unleashing horrors upon the world like the Hack. And it is because of him that we have Nickelback, "50 Shades of Grey," and CBS' entire lineup of sitcoms. But as vile as these things are — and believe you me, I dare you to try to get through an episode of "Two Broke Girls" without feeling the uncontrollable urge to kill a kitten — nothing is quite as vile as the Hack's masterwork, "Piss Christ." Never has a work so devoid of meaning been talked about so much. And yet a quarter of a century later, this Hacksterpiece still finds a way to make the news.

Which brings us to Glenn Beck.

The one-time Fox News host who once had a near-death hemorrhoid experience has resurrected the "Piss Christ" contro by sparking a hangwringing hullabaloo himself.

In case you hadn't heard, Beck submerged an Obama bobblehead in a jar of urine and then he offered the work, "Obama in Pee Pee," for sale on eBay. After Beck's stunt went viral, the online auction site removed the work of art. Pussies.

Now, some folks claim that Beck was being disrespectful. Others simply distasteful. And then there are those who recognize the stunt for the well-designed bit of Barnum-esque showmanship that it was.

However silly Beck's stunt was, it would behove us as a people to recognize the importance of "Obama in Pee Pee" and what it means to the current state of politics today.

Yes, we are a sharply divided nation — with freedom-loving liberals on one side and goosestepping GOPers on the other.

Yes, today's talking head media world is overrun by shit-slinging charlatans, sycophantic spinmeisters, and milquetoast twatmops who refuse to call out the liars on their motherfucking lies.

This is all true.

But what is important here is that Beck has taken the posturing piss out of politics and reduced it to a literal pissing match. I, for one, welcome the change, and hope that we see more stunts of this caliber.

How about we start with Beck himself. I don't know about you, but I've just put down two cups of coffee and I've got to go really bad.

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Beck is such a fraud that I bet it's not even pee in the jar. I bet it's yellow food coloring.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on November 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

That is immature and disgusting. I don't watch Beck (or other political talk shows like Mathews) but saving a big jar of piss is just revolting. Yuck!

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Posted by John Cecil on November 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Sorry to burst your bubble, but that IS food coloring in the jar. Beck's 'work of art,' was done to support charity through the Christmas season. ALL proceeds go to Mercury One Charity.

In 2009 Beck was named the 100th "Influential Artist" in the Art Review magazine. Which he joked about when discussing his project.

The reason for his newest creation was to bring attention to the freedoms of speech and expression. As much as he detested the artists paintings, he stated that the artist has every right to his work no matter how distasteful, demeaning and degrading it is.

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Posted by Cindy Nowicki on November 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I love how liberals went nuts over Beck's little piece of art.

First, it's not pee and you know that.

Second, as usual, liberals are fine as long as liberals are being insensitive disrespectful douche bags in the name of "free speech", but when a conservative gives them a little dose of their own medicine they run screaming like their hair is on fire. NOW, the NAACP, and other so called "civil rights" groups have repeatedly proven themselves to be nothing but hypocrites. A Democrat says something stupid, or I dunno, maybe call a female Republican a bitch, and these groups come running to defend them. Yet a Republican does something far less egregious and they are out for blood. "Piss Christ" v. "Obama in Pee Pee" is the same thing. Beck did it to make a point and to expose the rampant and blatant hypocrisy on the left.

I love how the left claims to do everything in the name of freedom, fairness, honesty, and with an air of moral superiority. Oh my, the Kool Aid must be good! Liberals never miss an opportunity to be hypocrites, spend other people's money, or exercise lying on a level that is nothing short of art.

"with freedom-loving liberals on one side and goosestepping GOPers on the other" ... wow, stereotype much? Lie often do we? Conservatives have done more for freedom in America than liberals have ever thought of doing. Obama did more in four years to hurt civil liberties than Bush thought about in eight. And in case you missed it, it's the Democrats currently pushing through legislation that will allow anyone's email to be read by authorities for any reason without a warrant.

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Posted by Ned Hill on November 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Ned, did "liberals" kill your father and rape your mother or something? I don't think I've seen one post from you where you're not blaming them for something going wrong in your life. Don't you belong to the party of personal responsibility?

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Posted by Ron Liberte on November 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Ron, I only bring up liberals where they are part of the problem. If you think every comment I make is political in nature, then you are not reading all my comments. I comment on plenty of stories, not all of them are political in nature. This article, however, is a political commentary, yes?

And liberals certainly take every opportunity possible to blame everything on conservatives. So, your comments smack of "pot, meet kettle".

It doesn't matter how much personal responsibility me or other conservatives take when liberalization is running rampant in our society. For close to 20 years now our courts have increasingly made it OK for people to side step personal responsibility under phony "victimization".

FYI - I'm a Libertarian.

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Posted by Ned Hill on November 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Ah Libertarians. Ugly cousins of the Independents: Mostly middle-aged white males who think both sides are bad but just coincidentally vote in lock step with with the backwards, antiquated philosophies that they claim to abhor.

Liberalization is running rampant in our society? That sounds like a libertarian mecca to me. After all, there would be no free market capitalism without economic liberalization. But I'm sure you knew that.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on November 30, 2012 at 2:40 PM

And for the record, as a proud-as-shit SUPER LIBERAL, I have no issue with Beck's stunt. Dude is free to express his opinions however he wishes. I also support Westboro Baptist Church's right to be total asshats. Jah bless.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on November 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Ron, written like a typical Kool Aid drinking liberal. And I love how liberals never miss an opportunity to inject race into a conversation.

Regarding economics, please, liberals really should abstain from any and all economic conversations because you are all functionally illiterate when it comes to understanding economics. Case in point, the current fiscal cliff debates and a lack of understanding of how we got where we are. Socialism, redistribution of wealth, spending more than you earn, etc. have all doomed every country that followed those policies with reckless abandon. To look at what's going on in Europe right now economically and not see us going down that same path is sheer incompetence and arrogance. Oh wait, I forgot who we just re-elected. The poster boy of arrogance & incompetence.

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Posted by Ned Hill on November 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Obama ain't my poster boy son. I'm not a fan of center-right politicians.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on November 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

"FYI - I'm a Libertarian."

Sadly, your posts don't excel at advancing the libertarian cause. Please stop calling yourself that. It embarrasses the rest of us.

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Posted by Paulius on November 30, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Hahaha. "Libertarian".

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Posted by mat catastrophe on November 30, 2012 at 10:29 PM

"Yes, we are a sharply divided nation — with freedom-loving liberals on one side and goosestepping GOPers on the other."

Oh, yes. Liberals love freedom so much that they want to bestow more of it - to big government, not the people.

Liberals (via Obamacare) just gave the government the freedom to make you buy a product, whether you want to or not, and without regard to whether it offends your religious sensibilities or not. That's some awesome freedom loving for y'all.

Now, the Secretary of the Treasury thinks we should give him the freedom to raise the debt ceiling whenever he wants, and without the consent of our elected representatives in Congress. That sounds like another expansion of freedom for us, doesn't it? All courtesy of those "freedom loving" liberals.

When you get right down to it, nothing screams "freedom" like government micromanaging your everyday affairs via an ever expanding regulatory state. And it's a good thing too, because the people have been sufficiently dumbed down so as to not be capable of living a single day without government intervention.

From the flame retardant treated sheets on the bed you awaken in, to the fluoride toothpaste you brush your teeth with, the fortified breakfast cereal you eat by the fluorescent lights of your kitchen ceiling fixture, the car you drive to work, the office chair you sit in, the computer monitor you stare at, the pen you sign your name with,
the shoes you work out in, the clothes you wear, the food you eat and the air you breathe, government has written regulations to oversee and direct your interaction with the objects in the world around you. Why? Because you are too stupid to exercise common sense while navigating the world you live in.

I know I sleep soundly at night, comforted by the thought of "freedom loving liberals" working feverishly, day and night, to construct a regulatory utopia where I am freed from taking responsibility for my own actions.

This is how liberals define freedom. A world where you cannot fail yourself, because government has prescribed all of the acceptable outcomes in advance. After all, you are not smart enough to look after yourself and your family, but "freedom loving" liberals in charge of an ever expanding regulatory state are.

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Posted by I P Yuengling on December 2, 2012 at 1:12 AM

"From the flame retardant treated sheets on the bed you awaken in, to the fluoride toothpaste you brush your teeth with, the fortified breakfast cereal you eat by the fluorescent lights of your kitchen ceiling fixture, the car you drive to work, the office chair you sit in, the computer monitor you stare at, the pen you sign your name with,
the shoes you work out in, the clothes you wear, the food you eat and the air you breathe, government has written regulations to oversee and direct your interaction with the objects in the world around you. Why?"

Because, left to their own devices, corporations will make the shoddiest goods they can make and sell them for the highest prices possible. In fact, the regulations that I P so roundly hates do not actually involve how you personally interact with the world around you but only in how the corporations create the objects you interact with.

They are, in short, interfering with HIS right to make a profit off of you. I P Yuengling and his ilk are not the least bit concerned with your well-being, or even your "freedom".

What they want is a return to the good old days of unrestricted, unregulated, "free market" practices, the same practices that killed American soldiers in Cuba when the meat packing industry shipped them rotten meat.

We have flame retardant sheets (and couch cushions, etc) because it is cheaper (and therefore more profitable) for companies to crank out cheap, highly flammable objects for your home. I P, and people like him, want you to pretend that you're more "free" if you're allowed to choose between an inexpensive couch that's basically the furniture equivalent of a Duraflame fireplace log and a pricier one that won't burst into flames even if it's hit with a flamethrower. Naturally, he wants you to have this "freedom" from the intrusion of government so that he can make enough profit off of those cheap couches (so that he, of course, can make enough money off of you to put the good couch in his house so that his family won't risk being burnt to a crisp in their sleep).

In the same manner, all those items I P so kindly listed (and, again, wrongly indicated that the government is directly involved in *how* you use them), have regulations governing their design and production in order to protect you from greedy, unscrupulous businesses - not from yourselves.

So, while the cries of "freedom and liberty" may sound tempting when they come from the "libertarians" like I P Yuengling, or Ned Hill, or Ron Paul - remember they are not the first damn bit concerned with your liberty, only how much more money they can extract from you.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on December 2, 2012 at 8:50 AM

There is only one reason, BTW, why flame retardant furniture is made in the first place: to keep smokers from taking out whole apartment buildings with their stupidity.
No smokers, no furniture fires. http://www.thehensonhome.org/Cigarettes_an…
Hence, it was the tobacco companies themselves who pushes for flame retardant mandates.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdo…
I'm only using these sites as examples, I have not checked their veracity.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on December 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Again, though, it's cheaper for furniture makers to make non-retardant furniture - which is why they made them in the first place.

Lots of people had to die in fires that were exacerbated by these cheap couches and beds before laws were passed regulating their manufacture.

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