mmmmmm…. Chocolate Easter Jesus..
March 30, 2007
NAKED JESUS DISPLAY CANCELLED
Responding to news that the naked chocolate Jesus that was to be displayed at the Roger Smith Hotel during Holy Week has been cancelled, is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:
“While we are delighted with the outcome, we are not pleased with the comments of the gallery’s creative director, Matt Semler. For him to say that our objection to this outrageous display constitutes hate speech and is the equivalent of a fatwa shows how deliriously irresponsible this man is.
“Because we did not like the way the Roger Smith Hotel handled the decision to drop the display, we have no intention of contacting the 500 organizations that we alerted to this assault on Christian sensibilities to inform them that the exhibition has been cancelled.
(Bolding added by me) Did you catch that last bit? Oh yes, you may have cancelled your outrageously blasphemous exhibit, but we didn’t like the way you did it, so we’re not going to call off our pack of rabid attack-monkeys.
Sweet. Way to punish ‘em, Bill.
Still, I’ve been wondering: What exactly is it about the My Sweet Lord exhibit that got old Bill Donohue clutching at his pearls?
Is it the nakedness, or is it the chocolateness?
If he’s trying to say that nobody has ever depicted the naked weiner of Christ — sorry, but it’s been done.
Madonna of Bruges, by Michelangelo 1501-1504
Nope, it must be the chocolateness.
Ooooh, I’m really scared now. Come & get me Billy!
Over the weekend Norwegianity dares to question the curiously hate-imbued power of chocolate in Bill Donohue’s world:
And, fwiw, as a lapsed Lutheran, I find Cavallaro’s art provocative, and agree with John d’Ilulio that this “art” can lead Christians to better examine their faith. Chocolate? Like the Easter bunnies Christian children eat? Explain how Jesus works through pagan symbols and crass merchandising to me again….
The Wege also links to a great Digby post that offers historical precedent for the naked depiction of Biblical sausage and thus clarifies how Bill’s outrage can’t be about the nudity. (Oh, and that’s a lovely graphic you used there, Wege. Heavens, what kind of sick mind could visualize such things?!)
For a musical accompaniment, Driftglass presents Tom Waits singing “Chocolate Jesus”.
With a second helping from Thought Theater: Should Jesus melt in your mouth, not in your hand?
And from the comments, BoneDog says forget the chocolate, forget the naked peener — it’s really all about the homococoaphobia.