Saturday, March 31, 2007

Culture War Continues

"It's intended as a meditation on the Holy Week," is how the artistic director at the Roger Smith Lab Gallery in Midtown Manhattan described the artwork they intended to display in a street-level window. Days ahead of Good Friday. It is a 6-foot tall, naked Jesus sculpted in chocolate.

How devout do you have to be to loving sculpt the genitals of Jesus in chocolate? How stupid do you have to be to consider exhibiting something like that? At any time, let alone from Good Friday until Easter Sunday? How stupid to even considering anything at the artist's site worthy? Or anything at the Roger Smith Hotel gallery.

They were just that stupid and dumb enough to miscalculate the reaction. The Roger Smith Hotel canceled the "tribute" after a public outcry. The Smith Hotel president issued a statement. Matt Semler, creative director of the Lab Gallery, resigned in protest. He spoke to the New York Daily News: "I've got a lot of people saying it was beautiful," he said. "A lot of people said the image of Christ was put back to something holy with this piece."

From UPI: "It's an all-out war on Christianity," said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. "They wouldn't show a depiction of Martin Luther King, Jr. with genitals exposed on Martin Luther King Day, and they wouldn't show Muhammed depicted this way during Ramadan. It's always Christians, and the timing is deliberate."

I suspect they would show a naked Martin Luther King, Jr. or Muhammed. Because the celebrity that comes from anti-Americanism, anti-Christianity and anti-establishment is something the modern artist craves. Not recognition of their art. They haven't got any talent. The next best thing is celebrity. Which is why Hollywood stars are the first to voice opinions.

Roger Smith Hotel website

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