Since President Donald Trump won the White House, protests against his victory and policies haven’t stopped.
There have been massive protests at numerous universities across the country. On multiple occasions, Trump supporters have been assaulted at the University of California, Berkeley.
But it’s a painting that is hanging in the gallery at the University of Alaska Anchorage that’s turning heads now.
The painting was done by Assistant Professor of Painting Thomas Chung. It depicts Captain America holding Donald Trump’s severed head.
KUUT reported on Chung’s reason for the painting:
Chung says the motivation for the painting was his dismay over the results of the presidential election.
“After Trump was elected, I spent days just weeping. And it was really surprising, because I’m not a political person,” Chung said. “I am a social artist. I deal mostly in ideals of culture and global culture, but this election bled into that.”
Stephen Godfrey, the Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at UAA, supports Chung’s right to hang the painting.
However, many reactions to the artwork are not favorable.
Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips pointed out that the painting is hanging in a publicly funded university:
Tax payer money is paying for this display, FYI.
I don't care what your personal politics are, this is unacceptable.
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) April 19, 2017
One person suggested the reaction would be much more intense if it was Obama’s head.
If the image had been Obama's head…..
— Michael Rinker (@MichaelRinker) April 19, 2017
While others supported the right of the college to have the painting up:
Independent Journal Review reached out to the University of Alaska Anchorage for further comment but hadn’t received any at the time of publication.