An older couple at an art exhibition were staring at a painting that had

them completely confused. The painting depicted three well hung black

men totally naked sitting on a park bench.

Two of the figures had black penises, but the one in the middle had a

pink penis.

They asked the curator of the gallery for an interpretation.

He explained how it represented the sexual emasculation of

African Canadians 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 society.

After the curator left, a man with a noticeable maritime accent and a

large Tim Horton's coffee approached the couple and said:

"Would you like to know what the painting is really all about?"

The couple looked at the man with some degree of suspicion.... "How

and why," asked the couple, "could you claim to be more of an expert than

the curator of this gallery?" ....

"Because I'm the guy who painted it", he replied. "In fact, there's no

African Canadians shown here at all. They're just three Cape Breton

coal miners.

The guy in the middle went home for lunch".