If you were ever totally confused by all the heavy symbolism in the reading you had to do at
school, you'll love this!
A couple attending an art exhibition at the National Gallery were staring at a portrait that had
them completely confused. The painting depicted three very black and totally naked men sitting
on a park bench. Two of the figures had black penises, but the one in the middle had a pink
The black curator of the gallery realised that they were having trouble interpreting the
painting and offered his assessment. He went on for nearly half an hour explaining how it
depicted the sexual emasculation of African-Americans in a predominately white, patriarchal
society. "In fact," he pointed out, "some serious critics believe that the pink penis also
reflects the cultural and sociological oppression experienced by gay men in contemporary
After the curator left, a Scottish man approached the couple and said, "Would you like to know
what the painting is really about."
"Now why would you claim to be more of an expert than the curator of the gallery?" asked the
"Because I'm the guy who painted it," he replied. "In fact, there are no African-Americans
depicted at all. They're just three Scottish coal-miners. The only difference is that the guy in
the middle went home for lunch."