BFP Volume 4
|Trobaugh Photos Banned in Alabama
photographer John Trobaugh exhibitions entitled Double
Duty and Childhood Memories were removed from
a public gallery at Shelton State because of their controversial
subject matter. According to the Tuscaloosa News Shelton
State President Rick Rogers called the photographs "inappropriate"
and didn't want them on display when children and families
attended a production of Arsenic and Old Lace in
the same location. The University of Alabama Faculty Senate
came to Trobaugh's defense and passed a resolution by a
23-13 vote to "Defend Academic Freedom at Shelton State."
One could make the argument that it's none of UA's business
what kind of art Shelton State wants to hang in it's gallery.
But I guess they're acting on behalf of all Alabama citizens
who just don't have the get-up-and-go it takes to get together
and pass a resolution.
maintained that the administration at Shelton State read
a homoerotic meaning into the photos. Seeing that the artwork's
subject matter is G.I. Joe dolls in streetwalker makeup
climbing all over Ken dolls, I think a homoerotic interpretation
is justified. By Artworld standards Trobaugh's work is pretty
tame. It's actually very reminiscent of David Levinthal
who's Barbie photos where exhibited with great fanfare at
the Birmingham Museum of Art as part of a two-year national
I like Trobaugh's photos more than Levinthal's. They're
technically just as good and the homoeroticism really adds
to the overall effect. Nothing is more subjective than art
and nothing is more common in art than homoeroticism. One
might even say my portrait of Trobaugh above is homoerotic
because the smile of a handsome fella' like him might get
all the gay guys hot and bothered.
me and our sports columnist, Stephen Milstead, used to work
at an Internet startup with John Trobaugh. He's a smart
man and knows photography in all of its aspects. Trobaugh
studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and
eventually received an MA from the University of Alabama.
|Moore Stays in Headlines Despite
High Court Rejections
by Fake Bone
the Today Show, Alabama hasn't had a celeb this big
since Bear Bryant. Disagreeing with virtually all legal
professionals in the country Roy Moore believes his right
to acknowledge "God" has been denied him. Here in Alabama
you can't turn on the TV or radio without hearing Roy Moore
acknowledging his God. The problem is he won't stop talking
about his God and get back to work. The Ten Commandments
issue has been exhaustively dealt with by the Supreme Court
over the past few years. In America anyone can worship anything
and call it his God. And we do. If you want to put a monument
to your belief system on public property you have to allow
equal time for all the others.
Moore had allowed the Atheist statue and the Martin Luther
King monument in the Judicial Building he would have been
allowed to keep his Commandments and his job. But the former
Chief Justice believed he was the exception to the rule
for three reasons: 1. he acted as landlord over the building,
2.the Supreme Court declared the United States a Christian
country and thus a theocracy in 1892, 3. this particular
monument represents an ultimate "Truth" straight from the
creator of the universe and usurps any of mankind's pitiful
attempts to govern himself. The first point is well taken
but obviously didn't cut the mustard with his fellow justices.
The second point is widely held among Primitive Baptist
preachers but few lawyers. The third needs to be fleshed
out a little.
year old greyhound, Gallant Dixie was recently electrocuted
to death at the Mobile dog track. While chasing after the
large artificial bone affixed to a pole that serves as a
lure for the racing dogs Gallant Dixie collided with another
dog. Disoriented, she stumbled into the electrically charged
rail that shuttles the bone around the track. Employees
immediately shut off the power to the fake bone but it continued
around for another lap and severed one of Gallant Dixie's
Times are hard
for the greyhounds here in the Heart of Dixie. The Humane
Society is calling for investigations into the discovery
of thousands of greyhound corpses at a farm in Lillian,
Alabama. Robert Rhodes, who owns the property, admitted
to authorities that he has shot and killed dogs brought
to him by greyhound trainers from the Pensacola Greyhound
Park. It seems that not all greyhounds are built for speed.
The slow pokes are nothing but a nuisance which the serious
owner auditions and rejects. Greyhounds that lack the eye
of the tiger are expendable and accumulate fast. It seems
if you're just going to execute all those dogs you might
at least eat them. That way it doesn't seem so senseless.
The Humane Society
makes it easy to adopt one of these racetrack rejects. You
can pick one up for a song, maybe name him Santa's Little
Helper. That's a Simson's reference, of which there are
far too few of in this publication. That's a situation we're
tirelessly dedicated to remedying.