Considering that everyone has been acting like a critic these days, like many people in the public eye, Artist Jon McNaughton has also gotten used to the growing criticism about his artwork.
Just recently, one of his paintings caused a real Twitter-verse meltdown, when he introduced his piece that featured President Trump holding onto an USA flag, standing in the middle of a football field.
Of course, the social media were flooded with many different opinions.
While he talked about people’s reactions to his work, McNaughton stated – “I paint a lot of provocative images that invoke a lot of emotion so it doesn’t bother me.” In addition he explained that he got the inspiration for the painting after the NFL kneeling scandal during the infamous National Anthem protest.
The title of his painting is “Respect the Flag”, and it is enlisted for sale for $29.00 . In the description of his work, McNaughton wrote:
“I painted President Trump picking up a shredded and trampled flag off the football field. He holds a wet cloth in his right hand, as he attempts to clean it.
I respect America. I respect the flag, the anthem, and the President; because he doesn’t back down to those who do not.
When the NFL players decide to kneel as the national anthem was given, I felt sick. That flag represents the vast number of Americans who have sacrificed their lives for our nation. It is about their blood and the sacrifice of many thousands.
If we do not respect the flag enough to fight for what it stands for – liberty, justice, and strength – then we will be the weakest generation. The way Trump called out the NFL for not supporting the standing of the national anthem was an example of how a President should lead, with courage to say and do the right thing regardless of the reaction of others.”
His painting provoked many different reactions, depending on whether people took the side of the NFL players, or the President.
Sean Hannity, the Fox News commentator and a talk show host, agreed with the artists’ evaluation, and quickly posted a tweet in which he shared a link to a YouTube video of the painting. Hannity wrote : “The ‘left’ loves art, and especially taxpayer-funded art that is ‘provocative’. Let’s get their reaction to this.”
A lot of people supported his statement.
One Twitter user responded : “I love art and this captures a unequivocal patriotic movement led by this unwavering President. He continues to put his neck on the line to put this great Nation back on its founding blocks of pure awesomeness.”
I love art and this captures a unequivocal patriotic movement led by this unwavering President. He continues to put his neck on the line to put this great Nation back on its founding blocks of pure awesomeness.
— Renee (@Redtowel4) March 9, 2018
There were also many hateful responses, naturally, a lot of which argued about racism, anti-American sentiment, and other typical leftist rhetoric.
One Twitter user even suggested that all Conservatives are racists and that all of them push an “anti-colored” agenda. She wrote – “Hey Sean, they aren’t protesting the people who have fought for our rights. They’re protesting the systematic racism faced by people of color. They’re protesting the pro-white/anti-colored narrative the conservative likes to push.”
Hey Sean, they aren’t protesting the people who have fought for our rights. They’re protesting the systematic racism faced by people of color. They’re protesting the pro-white/anti-colored narrative the conservative likes to push.
— Dalissa Hernandez (@DalissaJH) February 27, 2018
Yet another one attacked the painting saying it ” looks like a widdle boy clutching his blankie.”
Looks like a widdle boy clutching his blankie
— Logan Smith (@LoganJames) February 27, 2018
efore the protests became a distraction from the National Football League, resulting in significant decrease in viewership, McNaughton called himself a huge football fan and devoted viewer of the NFL. However, that all changed.
The artist talked about his own feelings towards the nation, the flag and the National Anthem saying, – “It’s more than a banner, it represents all the people that have sacrificed, that have died and spilled their blood for this country, and so that’s why it’s so offensive.”
He said he felt inspired to create the piece, when he saw a tweet that the President tweeted in September 2017, calling the NFL to show some “respect for our country, flag, and national anthem.”
The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
In a response to the President’s tweet McNaughton wrote – “I was proud of him for doing that so I thought I’m going to paint something that represents how a lot of Americans feel about this last NFL football season. I’ll either be considered somebody to be laughed at in the future, or they’ll go ‘Man this guy expressed how millions of Americans felt about this time in our history. I do a lot of divisive type paintings, but I haven’t seen anger for one of my paintings since I painted Obama stepping on the Constitution.”
In spite of the cold reviews and all the criticism it received, his painting is now getting the attention that according to many Americans is well deserved.
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