The Fat is in the Fire
Artist: William Gentry
Date of Action: November 2006
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Confronting Bodies: Customs House Museum
Description of Artwork: "The Fat is in the Fire" featured several American flags that had been deep-fried. The artist intended the pieces to be a commentary on obesity in the United States.
The Incident: Eighteen hours after the display went up, Customs House Museum executive director Ned Crouch had the pieces removed. His explanation for his acts was “It's about what the community values.I'm representing 99% of our membership — educators, doctors, lawyers, military families.” “Over half my funding is public funding. … I don't want to rock a boat that's hard to keep floating. It's not worth jeopardizing for an exhibit.” 
Results of Incident: The NCAC sent a letter to the Customs House Museum, but no further action was taken by the museum.