November 28, 2012

EBay thwarts Glenn Beck's satirical artwork.

"Obama in Pee Pee" violated a viewpoint-neutral policy:
Your listing contain [sic] the bodily fluid of urine. We do not allow bodily fluids to be listed on our site. Even if the liquid in the jar is not urine, you are describing it as such. We do not allow this type of listing and we ask that you do not relist this in any way....
Too bad Beck didn't do a more accurate satire of Andres Serrano's notorious "Piss Christ," which was a photograph. EBay's policy wouldn't have covered a photograph of urine (or of liquid described as urine).

37 comments:

Saint Croix said...

That's really funny.

I've tried listening to Beck. When he's funny, he's great. When he's conspiracy theorist, he's horrible.

From 9 to 12, my talk radio options are Beck or NPR. I flip back and forth, both of them driving me insane.

Lately I've been listening to Christmas music. It's nice.

Although if I had to choose between Christmas music and a discussion about Obama in pee-pee, that's kind of a no-brainer.

Sorun said...

"Too bad Beck didn't do a more accurate satire of Andres Serrano's notorious "Piss Christ,"..."

Yabut we don't know whether that would've received any attention.

edutcher said...

As I've noted before, I think Beck is a jerk, but he sure punched the Lefties' buttons on this one.

Uncle Saul is, of course, spinning. The Lefties were supposed to do this to other people, not have it done to them.

Renee said...

I was waiting for someone to do that.

rcommal said...

An Obamedy tag! Did I miss this one before?

EDH said...

Watch the Beck video @6:00 where the Obama bobblehead keeps turning to look at Beck.

Mitchell the Bat said...

You can sell semen on EBay but you have to describe it as fertilizer.

wyo sis said...

Beck is so good at this.
I love that it was rejected, so the discussion can go on and on. Now it can be resubmitted following the "rules" and we'll see where it goes from there.
Beck may be despised by the left, but he has a sure hand on their buttons.

McTriumph said...

So Beck needs to buy a decent camera and convert to catholicism, no one respects Mormon art. I can hardly wait for his semen, blood and feces periods as he evolves as an artist. There is hope for Beck as an artist, remember even bad art is art, Andres Serrano proved it.

Tank said...

Should have CYA'd by having a companion "Palin in Pee Pee" to satisfy all the haters.

deborah said...

"Although if I had to choose between Christmas music and a discussion about Obama in pee-pee, that's kind of a no-brainer."

I'll need a little more than that...

McTriumph said...

I was wondering if anyone ever got hepatitis from visiting Andres Serrano's New York gallery.

jr565 said...

HEre's an ebay search for urine:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=piss+christ&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313&_nkw=urine&_sacat=0

Looks like I can buy deers urine, coon urine, coyote urine, urine bottles a male urinal a picture of santa urinating etc.

n.n said...

He should have sold his creative work to the N.E.A. They are known to fund degenerative works, including "Piss Christ".

SteveR said...

He made his point

Alex said...

So much for free speech in this country.

whoresoftheinternet said...

@Alex:

So much for free speech in this country.

---Exactly. Althouse is deleting people who aren't p.c. How's that for speaking truth to power?

No wonder her students cheat on her. She's not worthy of their respect.

KenK said...

Ridicule really is the best choice from the agit-prop tool box. Limbaugh used use it to wicked effect once upon a time too.

Saint Croix said...

I'll need a little more than that...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, well, if I use my brain, it's Christmas music. Of course!

But if I'm no brainin' it, it's Obama in Pee Pee.

jimbino said...

Hey,

Urine and shit are not body parts, shit least of all because it never becomes part of the body, thus never sterile.

I can understand not auctioning off foreskins, tho they have a use in petri dishes, or placentas, though they are found in shampoos.

Does eBay also not auction off human hair? What about gold that Mengele took from a Jew's mouth? What about a used glass eye? Eyeglasses?

So Glenn Beck should just auction off a jar with a realistic photo of piss-Obama.

Then maybe with a video of piss-Obama.

Then maybe a real piss-Obama?

jimbino said...

Hey y'all,

Hypocrite eBay really DOES sell human hair:

http://stores.ebay.com/StyleWigs/100-Human-Hair-Wigs-/_i.html?_fsub=1829388012&_sid=127206382&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322

Clyde said...

I don't see what the problem is. Jamie Foxx called Obama "Our Lord and Savior," so if it's good enough for the J-Man (via Serrano), it should be good enough for Zero.

I say that Beck should be looking for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!

Chip Ahoy said...

This was a bit confusing because if it's an eBay auction then it's already photographed for the auction. Sell that, the photograph taken for the auction. Then the photograph for that auction will be a picture of an eBay auction picture.

A bit recursive innit.

If it were an animated GIF then you could make it recurse infinitely.

But I meant to say derived! Everything is, but actually, this art is response art. Beck is being a response artist. Auteur of provocative response-art. I read Greg Gutfeld say in a comment on Huffington, when he first showed up before red eye, with a flippant sarcastic remark about Woopie Goldberg stepping forward and saying something patriotic, he had reversed somehow what had had actually occurred and attributed the action the the opposite person to make the story sound good instead of bad and everyone jumped on his sarcasm and then Gutfeld admitted to doing what Beck is doing here. Provoking just to watch the response.

KenK said...

As is typical of the dip-shit wing of the conservative media the concept is good but the execution fails.

gmama3 said...

Plenty of animal urine for sale. I don't see them rushing to take them down. The policy just says "bodily fluids" not human bodily fluids.

Perhaps if it were Obama in red tailed deer pee pee it would be okay?

Penny said...

Beck, with his flattop and chunky cheeks, takes PISSant to a whole other level with just a little bit of help from EBay.

Penny said...

"... Gutfeld admitted to doing what Beck is doing here. Provoking just to watch the response."

And that worked beautifully for Gutfield when he was on "Red Eye", because, hell, that show catered to a bunch of us crazy insomniacs.

Gutfeld 'political commentary' on "The Five" at 5pm? Shame on you Fox!

You took a perfectly good fish and threw him on dry land.

"THUD" is not ever a good sound.

Saint Croix said...

Beck, with his flattop

That's part of his shtick, to mock his own hair.

harrogate said...

People still follow Beck?

Penny said...

Yeah, right.

And it's Gutfeld's schtick to mock five o'clock?

Saint Croix said...

And can I say it's very weak, artistically speaking, to acknowledge that it's beer and not piss? No self-respecting artist would ever acknowledge that! You undercut your own art, dummy!

How bourgeois can you get?! Is this the avant-garde? No!

Go back to Walla Walla, loser.

Real artists confront! Real artists use pee! Not beer substitutes to reassure the middle class. You're the Norman Rockwell of pee art, Beck. Shame! Boo! I want my money back!

Chip Ahoy said...

Last night I was wondering, what are these people in Denmark looking at titled "peas?"

Turns out to be a card I made but never sent, that tried to say peace on you. Probably still have it in a drawer. I saw a photo of a guy rock-climbing taken from above, and another of the back of a guy having a private wee standing up, so I put them together pop-up fashion and said 'piss on you'

I made other cards along these lines and did send them, "peace bee" and "a pond ewe," for a birthday, that sort of nonsense, I got a lot of mileage out of you --> ewe, peace --> peas --> piss, pretty much ran them.

Coketown said...

Wouldn't "Obama in Deep Shit" be a more fitting metaphor for the next four years? It's not even past Inauguration Day and he's flailing. But I guess you can't sell an Obama effigy inset into shit on eBay. The winner may think he merely received a normal Obama doll that melted.

Sam L. said...

Hoisted on their own petard! Good going, Glen!

Penny said...

" I got a lot of mileage out of you --> ewe, peace --> peas --> piss, pretty much ran them."

And if you're not exhausted, Chip Ahoy?

You ain't "right in the head" ... so to speak. ;)

mariner said...

Coketown,
Wouldn't "Obama in Deep Shit" be a more fitting metaphor for the next four years?

No, but "America In Deep Shit" would be.

Jake Diamond said...

Glenn Beck is a moron.