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A museum in Johannesburg is being sued over a portrait of South Africa's President that depicts the country's leader naked with his wang hanging out. The artist says the painting, called "The Spear," is a highbrow dick joke, protected free speech under South Africa's constitution. But the owner of the schlong in question isn't amused — he's demanding its immediate removal.


President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has taken legal action against The Goodman Gallery over The Spear, sputtering all sorts of angry stuff that, from the sound of it, you'd swear was about something more than a painting.

The African National Congress (ANC) calls upon all South Africans to join President Jacob Zuma, his family, the ANC and our Alliance partners tomorrow, 24th May 2012, at the South Gauteng High Court, corner Pritchard and Kruis Street in Johannesburg, from 9h00, in support of the outrageous depiction of the President in the so-called art by Brett Murray and the Goodman Gallery.

We call upon all South Africans to support this noble course and to demonstrate rejection to this act of indecency, vulgar and disrespect of the Constitution of our country and the values it stands for.


For his part, Murray says the painting was "an attempt at humorous satire of political power and patriarchy within the context of other artworks in the exhibition and within the broader context of SA discourse." Also: cock.

The painting was defaced earlier this week, but that hasn't stopped the ANC's battle against the bulge.

Zuma must not be familiar with Chicago's Old Town Ale House, a drinking establishment that regularly features nude portraits of well-known American political figures like Sarah Palin and Rod Blagojevich.


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