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Interpreting Art

An older couple, at an art exhibition, were staring at a painting that had them completely confused.   The painting depicted three black men totally naked sitting on a park bench.   Two of the figures had black penises, but the one in the middle had a pink penis.  They asked the curator of the gallery for an interpretation.

He explained how it represented the sexual emasculation of African-Americans in predominately white, patriarchal society.   "In fact," he said, "Some serious critics believe that the pink penis also reflects the cultural oppression experienced by gay men in contemporary society.“

After the curator left, a man with a noticeable maritime accent approached the couple and said, "Would yous' like to know what the painting is really all about?"

“How & why" asked the couple, "could you claim to be more of an expert than the curator of this gallery?"

"Because I'm the guy who painted it," he replied. "In fact, there's no African-Americans shown here at all.  They're just three Cape Breton coal-miners. The guy in the middle went home for lunch."



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