In response to [David Lynch’s July 16] letter [“New Mural at Orbit DVD is Offensive”], we interpret art with our own issues and desires. I look at an orchid, and all I see is a beautiful exotic flower. Many people see a vagina, but I am gay, and I never think of vagina.
Take for example Bryan Fischer, a radio host on American Family Radio. He is obsessed with homosexuality. Mr. Fischer’s rant during Gay Pride Month was that Burger King was selling a “Pride Whopper” in San Francisco. He said that “when people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex.” As a gay man, who has gay sex, trust me — the last thing I think about while eating a burger (OR a hotdog), is gay sex.
Beauty — or rather misogyny — is in the eye of the beholder. We obviously have a lot of West Asheville residents with the desire to be offended. They are letting a meme — a MEME, created by who knows who — dictate how they appreciate art and patronize a business. It is not like it is a respected work from William Shakespeare or by Faulkner. [The sloth] is an obscure Internet meme. It is fluff.
Perhaps those people find that misogynistic imagery in the mural because they have issues with it. In the mural, I saw obsession with watching TV — that much of our lives are spent in sloth staring at a TV set. I did not see any reference to rape.
So I have a question: I show you an orchid, what do you see? I got a $20 bill that says it is a vagina.