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Stimulus Bill Gives Boost to San Francisco Porno Art Venues

Fri Jul 31, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST

By Peter J. Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When Congress approved the $787 billion dollar stimulus package, lawmakers hailed the move as necessary to jumpstart the economy and rescue the American people from a deep recession. However, according to FOXNews.com, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has spent a small slice of its $80 million stimulus dollars to subsidize San Francisco pornographers providing erotic, homoerotic, or pansexual entertainment.

Although the ARRA money allocated to the NEA was ostensibly for the support of museums, orchestras, theaters, and other needy artists and art venues, art houses with a penchant for perversity also benefited. FOXNews.com reports that the Frameline film house, which screened "Thundercrack!" for the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival last week, received $50,000 in stimulus cash. The film is billed as "the world's only underground kinky art porno horror film, complete with four men, three women and a gorilla."

Another San Francisco group, CounterPULSE, received a $25,000 grant in the "Dance" category, which will help support the maintenance of their jobs as they produce such works as "Pervs Put Out," billed as the "long-running pansexual performance series" and encourages those interested to "join your fellow pervs for some explicit, twisted fun." Also featured are solo-performances such as "Bi-Poseur," which "makes suicide and mental illness fun again," and "Breast Milk."

Another $25,000 stimulus grant goes to "The Symmetry Project," a pseudo-philosophical exploration by choreographer Jeff Curtis of symmetry and the human body through two naked male and female actors. According to one description on the website, "Limbs entangle and intertwine creating an inter-corporeal kaleidoscope of flesh."

FOX reports that NEA spokeswoman Victoria Hutter defended its grants saying that they help "preserve jobs in danger of going away or that had gone away because of the economic downturn."

"Our review process is very comprehensive - we take great care with applicants and with grantees," Hutter said. "It's a thorough, rigorous process that they all go through, and we're proud of the projects that we've been able to support."

"When you spend so much money in a short amount of time ... you're going to have nonsense like this, and that's why the stimulus should never have been done in the first place," David Williams, vice president for policy at Citizens Against Government Waste, told FOX.

Williams stated that art houses should raise revenues from patrons to support themselves, rather than prop up their business through revenue taken from struggling taxpayers by the federal government.


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