Art Critic

A couple, attending an art exhibition, at the National Gallery,

were staring

at a portrait that had them totally confused.

The painting depicted three black men totally naked, sitting on

a park bench.

Two of the men had black penises, but the one seated in the

middle had a pink penis.

The curator of the gallery realized the confused couple were

having trouble with interpreting the painting and offered his

assessment. He went on and on for nearly half an hour

explaining how it depicted the sexual emasculation of African-

Americans in a predominantly white, patriarchal society.

“In fact,” he pointed out, “some serious critics believe that the

pink penis also reflects the cultural and sociological

oppression expressed by gay men in a contemporary society.”

After the curator left, an Irishman approached the couple and

said,

“Would you like to know what the painting is really about?”

“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 is no African-American representation at all.

They’re just three Irish

coal-miners. The guy in the middle went home for lunch…

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