Cornell University art show depicts Republicans as terrorists, rapists


We’ve seen a plethora of stories lately of college students being offended over something, including the Constitution, police officers, and white people in general. Cornell University has proven, however, that being offended only counts if you’re a liberal.

Caleb Bonham of broke an exclusive story detailing an art show at Cornell, which used offensive imagery to make political statements. The art included one piece showing an elephant (representing the GOP) dressed as “Jihadi John,” about to behead a prisoner labeled “The Working Class.” Since the art was critical of the Republican Party, however, there were no cries of oppression or hurt feelings.  Bonham reports:

The event, which included representatives from the Chicago Teachers Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and SAG-AFTRA, also featured political art from Huck/Konopacki.

The art characterized Republicans as terrorists and sexual predators. One stand-out rendering featured an elephant dressed in black clothes wielding a knife, presumably to behead a man who represents “the working class.”

Other cartoons featured the GOP elephant looking up a woman’s skirt and a confederate flag themed swastika.

One of the student coordinators for the event, Allison Considine ’17, told Cornell’s ILR News that she got involved with the event through a student labor solidarity group on campus. “I want students to walk away with an awareness of the many paths outside of the corporate world that they can pursue, and with connections to people who are finding success working for social justice.”

Although Cornell officials acknowledged the art was controversial, they defended its use and refused to take it down. One wonders if Cornell would have been so brave in defending the artists’ right to free expression if they were conservative.

You can read Cornell’s statement on the art show, as well as see more imagery from the art show, by visiting by clicking here.

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