Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Bitter-Sweet Chocolate for Easter

...talk about "Bad Taste!"
AP Image of "Sweet Jesus" done in Chocolate!
Curiously, this is an "anatomically correct" naked Jesus complete with all those body-parts that are unmentionable on this blog!

...Talk about the "Melty Man Cometh" (I did find this information on another blog.)

Article Text is contained below:

New York (Reuters) -- A life-size sculpture of a naked Jesus made out of chocolate has angered a Roman Catholic organization and forced a Manhattan art gallery to reconsider exhibiting it during Easter week.

The sculpture "My Sweet Lord" by Cosimo Cavallaro was to be exhibited for two hours each day next week in a street-level window of the Roger Smith Lab Gallery in Midtown Manhattan.

It was set to open Monday, days before Good Friday when Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus.

"We're considering our options," Matthew Semler, the gallery's artistic director, said on Friday. "We're still assessing the situation."

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called for a boycott of the accompanying Roger Smith Hotel, writing to 500 religious and secular organizations.

"This is an assault on Christians during Holy Week," said Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications for the league, which describes itself the largest U.S. Catholic civil rights group.

"They would never dare do something similar with a chocolate statue of the prophet Mohammad naked with his genitals exposed during Ramadan," she said.

Semler said the hotel had no knowledge of what the gallery planned to show and was being unfairly targeted. Moreover, he said the work was not irreverent.

"It's intended as a meditation on the Holy Week," Semler said of the sculpture, which depicts Jesus as if on the cross.

A photo of the piece on the artist's Web site (Linkexternal link) shows the work suspended in air.

The Catholic League has no intention of bringing legal action but seeks to punish the hotel with a boycott because "they're the ones bringing this into the mainstream, in the heart of Manhattan, for any child holding his mother's hand to see," McCaffrey said.

She was further irked by an unconfirmed report that Cavallaro invited the public to come take a bite out of the sculpture.

Semler said that was only a joke by the artist.

New York is familiar with peculiar clashes between art and religion. In 1999, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani threatened to withdraw a grant from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for showing a painting depicting the Virgin Mary as a black woman splattered with elephant dung.


Blogger bostonray said...

How low can we go? I think it is in bad taste to degrade the Holiness of God!

April 10, 2007 1:47 PM  
Blogger uptown said...

You are correct Ray. Strange how Imus' comments were horrible and racist and he was fired but trashing Catholics, Jews, Orientals and stay-at-home Moms is Free Speech. A very interesting thought.

April 13, 2007 5:18 PM  
Blogger uptown said...

And Ray,
If you can stand it listen to some Rap "music" sometime, if you can stomach the horrible garbage. Evidently we can go pretty low.

April 13, 2007 5:20 PM  
Blogger bostonray said...

I understand that there is going to be some restrictions on "rap" also...good! Toom much about killing and drugs!

April 15, 2007 2:05 PM  
Blogger uptown said...

Not only that but sodomy and Hos and killing cops. This is a small percentage of black people but unfortunately they have the biggest voice.

April 15, 2007 6:10 PM  
Blogger bostonray said...

I guess it all goes back to "who" is saying it! A white dj can't poke any fun at a black,but blacks can "rap" about whites and cops all they want.If getting on Don Imus is going to solve anything..I think NOT!

April 15, 2007 7:32 PM  
Blogger bostonray said...

Well,I can't believe they fired Don Imus,did you guys get that "black beetles" clip I sent out? THAT was the Don Imus show too! he always is poking fun at people..like Wes!

April 17, 2007 6:03 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Thanks for visiting my blog last week. Your is quite interesting!

But the first photo is broken -- no longer there.

yeah, NY sure has had it's share of these sorts of things. I wonder what would happen if someone made a chocolate Muhammad. Whew! Can you imagine!

April 18, 2007 7:15 AM  
Blogger ex-nuke bubblehead said...

You just know riots and beheadings would take place as seems to be the trend these days.

April 18, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger uptown said...

I say we behead someone in Memphis?

May 17, 2007 8:45 PM  
Blogger ex-nuke bubblehead said...

...Only if you want him to be a "cut above the rest"


May 18, 2007 7:06 AM  
Blogger uptown said...

A cut above the rest. I like it. Good, not your best, but good.

May 30, 2007 10:19 PM  

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