Below is a digital painting by Florida State student Lena NW. It’s quite complex, but here’s the gist:
A Jameis Winston shrine stares on regally while being fellated by a Pike fraternity bro (read here for the backstory on Pike). Below the shrine are two women – one looking shamed and closed off emotionally, the other passed out and bloodied. Further down the painting (under the ritualistic chopping arms), awash in a sea of money, is Winston, on all fours, being sodomized by a bikini-clad women wearing a Heisman strap-on. The look on Winston’s face is one of lust, as he stares at a smiling crab, which has presumably given him an erection. There is FSU imagery (spears, tomahawks, etc.) scattered throughout the piece, as well as a not so subtle nod to capitalist giant Nike.
All I can say is: this is the best thing I’ve ever seen come out of Tallahassee (including legislation). Kudos to Lena NW for cutting through the bull crap of sports deification that has permeated our culture and is currently watering down society. While it is most assuredly running rampant on her campus – FSU may currently be the most prominent poster child – this over-glorification can be subbed for a myriad of schools and franchises. Ones that turn a blind eye away from rape culture societal malcontents while simultaneously fueling entitlement.
Here is a snippet of her artist statement (of which you can read the rest here):
I find that socially aberrant behavioral extremes are becoming a part of the culture of my generation (early Millennial), and is likely a response to the variety of content the internet has made available (i.e.; snuff, pornography, bestiality), and the way the internet has created an accessibility and the illusion of ubiquity to this type of content. I allude to contemporary pornography by eroticizing my female figures and male appendages and place stereotypical erotic imagery amongst biologically offensive and disruptive imagery to heighten the viewer’s disgust reaction.
Disruptive imagery, indeed. Though she articulated far better – with far fewer words – than nearly every likeminded individual with a writing or speaking platform. The purpose of art is to evoke strong emotions. This student hit her mark perfectly.