Oh. I See It Now.
Let's chat about "The Embrace"
I don't often say this but I just want to remind all my faithful readers that I couldn't be more grateful to live in this era. I'm gifted with so much to write about. The content virtually writes itself.
It's going to be a fantastically fun year. Thank you, sincerely.
So! Check this.
I caught myself doom-scrolling through my stupid phone, right, and I happened upon this little gem of a topic: "The Embrace" - made in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King.
The artist, Hank Willis Thomas, who is a conceptual artist, described this particular work in full on his website. Here's an excerpt from the official description:
By highlighting the act of embrace, this sculpture shifts the emphasis from a singular hero worship to collective action, imploring those curious enough to investigate closer.
"B-but, Rogue Scribe, what does he mean by that?"
Fret not, friends. I'll explain.
Hank's goal appears to be that he wants people to primarily focus on the act, not just the people. So, perhaps those who are unfamiliar with MLK Jr's legacy and story can focus on the act of embracing without worrying so much about who it is.
Some people didn't like this, but it's not like it's a total secret.
That's why he encourages the curious crowd to "look closer". This opens the door to learning about MLK Jr. and leaves a little room for personal interpretation.
That's how art generally works. An artist thinks of an idea, executes it, adds a bit of mystery, and then guides his or her audience to its true message and/or intended meaning.
I will admit, some artists are shrouded in too much mystery.
Some artists give zero explanations and leave everything open to interpretation, and that's where things can go south fast.
However, that's obviously not the case here.
Hank had a clear idea, he gathered his team, they supported it, the idea was executed, he provided a clear description for the piece (which is very nice of him to do), and even invited curious people to look further to learn more about "The Embrace", MLK Jr. and it's overall intended purpose.
Great! So everything you need to appreciate the artwork is there, right?
So, what did these curious people find?
They only found... Penis.
It's Clear As Day
I had to flip the image a couple of times to finally see what very few people were mentioning in the cesspool of humanity on Twitter.
And, yep. I must admit, it couldn't be clearer: I can finally see just how pornography has rotted people's minds.
But you know, let's not cast hate or judgment on the people. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure it's all just for kicks...
Instead, I want to do what Hank did and focus on the act alone - that is, the thought process.
So, focusing on the act, here's my only question:
How long are we going to pretend that sexualizing and perverting inanimate objects is 'normal'?
I won't lie, I also had a moment when I stared at it and was like: "It kind of looks like two hands holding a tree log."
Then I stared a little longer and thought: "Maybe not a log... More like a giant worm. Or an elbow."
Then I saw this angle, a heart shape, which I thought was remarkable:
Maybe it's my inflexible, heterosexual male nature, but I can confirm that penis was not the first thing I pictured. Which leads me to think how all these people reached that conclusion.
I thought you had to be over 13 years old to have a Twitter account, but I guess not.
All joking aside, "penis poopy vagina fart" humor is one thing, but at some point, you have to ask yourself the hard questions.
Why is your brain turning the image of an arm into a penis, or any other sexual act for that matter?
Isn't that even a little alarming to you? I mean, what do you do when you have to eat a hotdog or a banana in public? Do you just voluntarily starve yourself?
"B-but Rogue Scribe, sexuality is normal!"
Having sexual urges or thoughts is natural and normal in the correct setting.
Having sexual urges or thoughts when looking at a sandwich or a sculpture may come naturally but definitely can't be normal.
So let's not intertwine the terms too much.
Speaking of natural, check the comments on this one. Not even nature is safe from the Internet.
"B-but Rogue Scribe! This is just the 'Woke' movement taking over!"
This is a prime example of something I warned you about: the baseless, sexual perversion of artistic works by individuals who don't understand creative authority, watch too much porn, and probably do too much of everything in general because mY fReEdOmS...
(Did someone say "disordered desires"?)
But what do I know, right?
Because according to Twitter, I must be typing this with my penis. Both of them.
Write to you later.
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