au1929
 
Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 07:41 am
A controversial artist outraged city Catholics yesterday with plans to display a nude 6-foot chocolate Jesus during Holy Week.

Cosimo Cavallaro's anatomically-correct candy Christ, titled "My Sweet Lord," was made from almost 200 pounds of dark chocolate. The sculpture is to be displayed in a street-level window at the Roger Smith Hotel's Lab Gallery on E. 47th St. starting Monday.

"It's an all-out war on Christianity," fumed 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."

Cavallaro, who is best known for slathering both a Hell's Kitchen hotel room and model Twiggy with melted cheese, insisted the timing was purely coincidental.

"The choice of Easter was that there was availability in the gallery now," he said.

Cavallaro said he crafted his first chocolate Christ in 2005, but a series of events, including the death of Pope John Paul II, kept it from being displayed.

Dominick Bria, a Connecticut resident visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral yesterday, bristled at the concept. "It's disgusting," he said. "Whoever is doing it is really sick."

Maria Localio, 45, of Queens, agreed. "It doesn't take into account the religious sensitivities of other people," she said.

Others said they didn't mind the sculptor's choice of material but were offended by the nudity.

"He's not wearing any clothes at all," said Debbie Charan, 40, of Queens. "Why would they want to do something like that?"

Cavallaro had an answer. "The whole thing of putting on the loincloth, I find it ridiculous," he said. "There's nothing to hide. There's nothing shameful about this."

The sculpture is to be suspended 18 inches above a cross chalked onto the floor. The scene will be unveiled nightly from 6 to 7p.m. and midnight to 1 a.m. through Easter Sunday.

But after a flurry of phone calls and e-mails by religious and secular groups slamming the display as "hate speech," that could change.

"I don't think any of us expected a public response like the one that Bill Donohue gave," said Matthew Semler, founder and creative director of The Lab. "I'm not sure what the best move is right now. It's not hate speech, this sculpture. The only hate speech I've seen today has come from Bill Donohue's desk."

Cavallaro, an Italian immigrant who was raised a Catholic, insisted he's not looking to offend anyone. "This person is talking from a very narrow window," he said of Donohue. "They're not allowing themselves to open their hearts. ... If it makes them feel better, I'll ask for their forgiveness and do 10 Hail Marys, but they should just lighten up and be more accepting of people."
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echi
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 05:04 pm
sacrelicious!
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 05:18 pm
Laughing Laughing

a chocolate jesus, equipped with exposed penis..

Laughing
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 05:18 pm
I think if it didn't have chocolate balls, it might have been less controversial.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 05:21 pm
Heard on the radio (local station) that the plans for the exhibit have been cancelled. Who's gonna eat all that chocolate?
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 05:40 pm
I would try.. Laughing
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NickFun
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 07:17 pm
But -- where do you start Shewolnm?

And everyone knows Jesus was only 5'10.
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Pauligirl
 
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Reply Fri 30 Mar, 2007 07:27 pm
and make out of white chocolate.
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mesquite
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 03:35 pm
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 04:33 pm
So much for that whole "God's own image" blahbedeblah.

Personally I think a chocolate Jesus is the perfect commentary of this wierd pagan/Christian weirdness that is Easter. At the groceries they are selling chocolate crosses in boxes with scripture printed on them fercryingoutloud.

It's a torture device!
It's a holy symbol!
It's a candy bar!
Act now and you can get two for the price of one!
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sublime1
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 05:00 pm
Tom Waits said it best

Don't go to church on Sunday
Don't get on my knees to pray
Don't memorize the books of the Bible
I got my own special way
Bit I know Jesus loves me
Maybe just a little bit more

I fall on my knees every Sunday
At Zerelda Lee's candy store

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

Well I don't want no Anna Zabba
Don't want no Almond Joy
There ain't nothing better
Suitable for this boy
Well it's the only thing
That can pick me up
Better than a cup of gold
See only a chocolate Jesus
Can satisfy my soul

(Solo)
When the weather gets rough
And it's whiskey in the shade
It's best to wrap your savior
Up in cellophane
He flows like the big muddy
But that's ok
Pour him over ice cream
For a nice parfait

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 05:57 pm
One toke over the line
Sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line . . .
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Letty
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 06:13 pm
Hey, Setanta. I like that song.

Cool Hand Luke:

I don't care if it rains or freezes
'Long as I got my Plastic Jesus
Riding on the dashboard of my car.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 06:16 pm
My sweet lord
Hm, my lord
Hm, my lord

I really want to see you
Really want to be with you
Really want to see you lord
But it takes so long, my lord
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Eorl
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 07:49 pm
Sweet Baby Cheeses !!!
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mesquite
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 08:07 pm
When I grow up I want to be just like Jesus
and never have to work
Just travel round from town to town
where ever evil lurks
with rod in hand and staff in hand
and sandals on my feet
chat a while and share a smile
with everyone I meet.
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Eorl
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 08:09 pm
C'mon, you'd think the Christians would embrace this idea! Think of the cool bumper stickers:

"He melts in my heart, not in my hand"
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 08:39 pm
<b>Glinda the Good Witch of the North</b> wrote:
So much for that whole "God's own image" blahbedeblah.


well according to the bible god WAS brown.. Cool
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echi
 
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Reply Sun 1 Apr, 2007 10:44 pm
edgarblythe wrote:
I think if it didn't have chocolate balls, it might have been less controversial.



Say everybody, have you seen my balls?
They're big and salty and brown.
If you ever need a quick pick-me-up
Just stick my balls in your mouth.
Oooh, suck on my chocolate, salty balls.
(Put 'em in your mouth!)
Put 'em in your mouth and suck 'em and suck 'em...
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neologist
 
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Reply Mon 2 Apr, 2007 11:14 am
Eorl, I always pictured you as much better looking Laughing
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