Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
Mapplethorpe never received an NEA grant (as the original poster acknowledges). The controversy was over museums supported by the NEA showing his work posthumously.
http://www.msnbc.com/onair/nbc/dateline/nea/

"Throughout its existence, controversy over the NEA has surrounded grants given to display works such as the erotic photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe..."

MSNBC thinks differently.