The four-minute video, “A Fire in My Belly” by David Wajnarowicz, was initially removed after conservative groups protested a brief clip that showed ants crawling over an image of Jesus. The move immediately sparked condemnations of censorship, and launched a variety of organizational and individual actions. Transformer Gallery installed the video in their storefront, and organized a silent march to the NPG last Thursday. This weekend, two activists were detained after playing the video on an iPad at the entrance of the exhibit. According to DCist, the two men, Mike Blasenstein and Michael Dax Iacovone, are currently seeking out permits to install the video in a pop-up space outside the NPG.
The National Portrait Gallery had no other statement at this time.