(The Washington Times) -- A federal agency is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to support film festivals that showcase movies that some Americans might find offensive. Decapitated heads, public urination and sexual promiscuity are among the subjects explored on the big screen of events underwritten with U.S. taxpayers’ money.
The National Endowment for the Arts directly funded at least 39 film festivals last fiscal year at a cost to taxpayers of $845,000. That doesn’t include the dozens of other festivals funded by federal dollars funneled through state and local arts agencies.
Among the films featured at taxpayer-subsidized film festivals were “Wawd Ahp,” a short film in which a rapper decapitates himself, then has sex with his own severed head in a bathtub; and “Eczemus,” which uses stop-motion animation to portray a man urinating a stream of blood while pummeling a baby bird to death and watching his dog defecate.
“Farah Goes Bang,” a feature about a young woman’s desperate attempts to lose her virginity while working for John F. Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, has been shown at several film festivals funded by the NEA over the past two years.
For spending tax dollars on film expositions that many taxpayers would find repulsive, the National Endowment for the Arts earns this week’s Golden Hammer, a distinction given by The Washington Times to examples of questionable taxpayer spending.
On its website, the endowment says these film festivals are “exemplary projects” that give the public an opportunity to “experience and participate in the arts.”