Thursday, July 28, 2011

Arrest Him, Officer: Artist Brandt Hardin Offends Me With His Portrait of the Governor and His Wife

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Clarksville artist Brandt Hardin is tempting fate by posting his NSFW portrait of Bill and Crissy Haslam (NSFW stands for "not safe for work," for those of you about to click on that link) on the Internet where it is subject to the new state law banning the transmission of potentially offensive images. "My main motivation behind this work," Hardin writes, "can simply be summed up with one of my favorite quotations: 'If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.' —Thomas Jefferson."

Is the image offensive? Well, I'm offended. I mean, Haslam is Haslam and deserves his lumps however they come, but Crissy shouldn't be collateral damage. Plus, isn't it obvious that, if this portrait were a comment on reality, Mr. Haslam would be in Mrs. Haslam's place and Mr. Haslam's role would be played by Ron "I refuse to accept I wasn't elected Governor" Ramsey?

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