Thomas Chung, an assistant professor with the University of Alaska at Anchorage, told KTTU News that he "spent days just weeping" after Donald Trump was elected, so he decided to put those feelings to canvas. The result is a painting only leftists could love.
Luckily for Chung, the university was sponsoring a faculty art show that gave him the perfect opportunity to proudly display his work, which he described as, "[A]n image of the actor who plays Captain America, and two eagles are sort of screaming into his ears, and he's holding the severed head of Trump, and there's a young Hillary Clinton clinging to his leg. I was reminded of those 80's rock posters, where there's a woman in tattered clothes clinging to a strong male hero's leg."
Chung (pictured below from UAA's bio page) told the news station that, "After Trump was elected, I spent days just weeping. And it was really surprising, because I'm not a political person. I am a social artist. I deal mostly in ideals of culture and global culture, but this election bled into that."
He added that he was conflicted about displaying the piece, but then decided that his students could benefit from conversations about it.
One person who went to see the painting, former UAA adjunct professor Paul Berger, noted that while he's a supporter of free speech, response to the painting would probably have been a bit different if Captain America had been holding Barack Obama's head...
"Had the roles been reversed, and it was Obama's head hanging there, I think the outrage would be fantastic," he said. "As a free speech advocate, everyone has a right to express their opinion the way they want to express them. But as a parent and a citizen, there's a discussion. In a university setting, what's appropriate?"
For local news footage including an interview with Chung, click here: