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(Editor's note: The video above features Beck's radio segment from Wednesday morning, discussing the eBay incident.)
The popular online auction site eBay has yanked a piece of artwork done by Glenn Beck citing its belief that the project featured an Obama figurine floating in actual urine (it was not, however). Bids can now be emailed in the subject line to the following email address set up by Beck: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday evening, Glenn Beck featured an Obama bobble head doll in a jar of yellow liquid, catalyzed by Michael D'Anouto's painting titled, "Truth," which features a crucified Obama and also parodies the controversial "artwork" dubbed "Piss Christ" that defaced a crucifix in a glass of urine.
Beck's piece was meant to underscore the importance of adhering to the First Amendment and highlight the hypocrisy of those who adhere to it only when it suits them. Often, members of the Left will rail against the disparaging of figures they hold dear, but do not hold themselves to the same standard when disparaging figures others hold dear.
Beck was auctioning the jar, complete with the Obama doll, on the auction site, with all the proceeds set to go to Beck’s Mercury One charity. At the last entry its bid was up to $11,300. On Wednesday morning, however, eBay removed the auction page.
For reference, below is Beck's Tuesday evening segment in which he unveils his "artwork":
Beck's piece was spawned by a painting (which was covered by TheBlaze on Monday) that depicts Barack Obama as Jesus Christ crucified, adorned with a crown of thorns. The work, entitled “Truth,” was created by Michael D’Antuono, who said that his “First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings” and that “we should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves.”
After receiving roughly 4,000 angry emails over the painting, D’Antuono also said he respects “their right to express themselves” and hopes they will afford him the same.
With this in mind, Beck chose to “express himself,” during his Tuesday evening broadcast by featuring a piece of artwork of his own creation. It was meant to highlight the hypocrisy of the left.
Tune in to The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m. ET where D'Antuono will actually come into the studio to discuss his piece (along with the subsequent controversy) with Beck.
This post has been updated to reflect that the content of Beck's mason jar was in fact water with food coloring, not beer.