Hegemony: Preponderant Influence or Authority Over Others: Domination

Mary Katharine Ham administers a scolding to Deborah Lawrence [emphasis mine]:

What are these people going to do for a muse when their “terrorist-in-chief” is gone? Even their protest art, fueled by such all-consuming righteous indignation, has proven banal and predictable at every turn, fraught with hackneyed Hitler imagery and the occasional bodily fluid. How very 1990s.

The latest fruitless artistic tantrum comes from Seattle artist Deborah Lawrence, who was asked by her local representative, Jim McDermott and Laura Bush to decorate an ornament for the White House Christmas tree. Each representative commissioned an ornament from a local artist of his choosing.

Spurning the honor bestowed upon her, the good will encouraged by the season, and any manners her mother ever taught her, Lawrence set about creating an impeachment ornament, featuring pictures of McDermott and thanking him for his backing of another fruitless tantrum— the effort to impeach Bush. How festive!


… The cranky collage artist, apparently unimpressed by the rather rare opportunity of having her elementary arts and crafts admired by foreign dignitaries and heads of state, refused to allow her paste and magazine clippings to work in the service of American hegemony.

Imagine that. Doesn’t everyone yearn to serve American hegemony? I mean, it’s like refusing an opportunity to eat a double stack of banana pancakes smothered in butter and syrup.

Here is Lawrence’s explanation for her mischievous impulse (or should that be “her impulsive mischievousness”?):

“I was at first nauseated, then realized it was an opportunity,” said Lawrence, 55, who frequently combines politics and satire in her work and saw this as the perfect way “to highlight Jim McDermott because he’s a hero of mine.”

That doesn’t sound “cranky” to me. Maybe it’s Mary Katharine who’s having the tantrum?

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