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Religious Groups Angered Over Film at Brooklyn Museum

A short film titled, “A Fire in My Belly” has been deemed offensive by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, who want it removed from an upcoming Brooklyn Museum show.

A short film by the late artist David Wojnarowicz at the has caught the attention of local religious groups, who say the piece is offensive and should be removed.

The film, "A Fire in My Belly,” is drawing ire because of a short segment that shows ants crawling across the crucified Jesus. The film is part of an upcoming exhibition at Brooklyn Museum titled HIDE/SEEK, which opens on November 18.

"Certainly we don’t think this would be tolerated if this was the image of the Prophet Muhammed or any other religious symbol,” said Msgr. Kieran Harrington, a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, in an interview with the New York Post.

The Brooklyn Paper reports today that despite the controversy, the museum is holding firm in their decision to include the piece.

According to the Paper, Museum Director Arnold Lehman stated on Wednesday that the exhibit will go on as the original curators had planned.

“A Fire in My Belly” was removed from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. last year, after angering politicians and the Catholic League.

And this is not the first time the Brooklyn Museum has stirred up controversy – remember in 1999 when Mayor Giuliani threatened to cut funding to the museum because of Chris Ofili’s painting “The Holy Virgin Mary?” The piece, which featured a depiction of the Virgin Mary with elephant dung, drew a similar firestorm from religious critics.

Neil Zwillinger November 14, 2011 at 03:19 PM
exactly, mw.....maybe they would be more comfortable with ants crawling all over some lecherous priest while he abuses young boys.....you can't censor art...if you are offended by this, or any artwork, which you absolutely have the right to be, then don't go see it, but to try to impose your close minded values on society flies in the face of what this country is supposed to be about....freedom of expression..
Parksloper November 14, 2011 at 06:24 PM
There is lots of moral outrage. Pick up a paper once in awhile. I love how liberals always bring up priests and little boys as if that encompasses all of Catholicism but nary a peep when the Sandusky's of the world emerge. Let's see you attack Muslims mw. I mean, where is your moral outrage over stoning and beheading??
Parksloper November 14, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Close minded Neil? Like I said let's see your moral outrage over Muslim be-headings, stonings, rapes. etc all in the name of "art". Again with the priests with the Jerry Sandusky story fresh in the papers this week with witnesses to little boys being raped in showers. Ya'll are bullying hypocrites. Tough guys against the Catholic church who are defenseless but wimps when it comes to Islam who would kick your collective a**es with be-headings.
mw November 17, 2011 at 07:13 PM
how did muslims get injected into this? did they also protest this exhibit?
Parksloper November 17, 2011 at 09:41 PM
When you comment it helps if you know how to read. Robin Maltz the bully would never attack Islam in the name of art.

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