Descendents of a revolutionary Mexican general are incensed by a painting. Using buses to block museum entrances is the latest tactic of supporters of Gen. Emiliano Zapata.
“We are not going to allow this,” Jorge Zapata Gonzalez told journalists in Mexico. “For us as relatives, this denigrates the figure of our general, depicting him as gay.”
Mexican artist Fabian Chairez has defended the painting as free expression. Chairez’s painting features a Zapata-like figure naked — sans black high heels and a pink broad-brimmed hat — atop a horse with an erection.
“Arte Libertad!” Chairez declared at a rally in Mexico City last month.
Zapata was the founder of the Zapatismo movement, an agricultural based association. He played a central role in the Mexican Revolution but was gunned down in a mutiny in 1919 at the age of 39.