Thursday, April 14, 2005


A couple attending an art exhibition at the National Gallery were
staring at
a portrait that had them completely confused.

The painting depicted three very black and totally naked men sitting
on a park bench.

Two of the figures had black weinees, but the one in the middle had
a pink weinee.

The curator of the gallery realized that they were having trouble
interpreting the painting and offered his assessment.

He went on for nearly half an hour explaining how it depicted the
sexual emasculation of African-Americans in a predominately white,patriarchal

"In fact," he pointed out, "some serious critics believe that the pink
weinee also reflects the cultural and sociological oppression
experienced by gay men in contemporary society."

After the curator left, a young man in a Kentucky T-shirt approached
the couple and said, "Would you like to know what the painting is really

"Now why would you claim to be more of an expert than the curator of
the gallery?" asked the couple.

"Because I'm the guy who painted it," he replied. "In fact, there
are no African-Americans depicted at all.

They're just three Kentucky coal miners, and the guy in the middle
went home for lunch.