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Honestly, you can't make this stuff up...

Posted on 2007.03.30 at 15:41

Chocolate Jesus Show Canceled

Friday March 30, 2007 7:46 PM


Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - A planned Holy Week exhibition of a nude, anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ was canceled Friday amid a choir of complaining Catholics that included Cardinal Edward Egan.

The ``My Sweet Lord'' display was shut down by the hotel that houses the Lab Gallery in midtown Manhattan, said Matt Semler, the gallery's creative director. Semler said he submitted his resignation after officials at the Roger Smith Hotel shut down the show.

The six-foot sculpture was the victim of ``a strong-arming from people who haven't seen the show, seen what we're doing,'' Semler said. ``They jumped to conclusions completely contrary to our intentions.''

But word of the confectionary Christ infuriated Catholics, including Egan, who described it as ``a sickening display.'' Bill Donohue, head of the watchdog Catholic League, said it was ``one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever.''

The hotel and the gallery were overrun Thursday with angry phone calls and e-mails about the exhibit. Semler said the calls included death threats over the work of artist Cosimo Cavallaro, who was described as disappointed by the decision to cancel the display.

``In this situation, the hotel couldn't continue to be supportive because of a fear for their own safety,'' Semler said.

The sculpture was to debut Monday evening, the day after Palm Sunday and just four days before Roman Catholics mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. The final day of the exhibit was planned for Easter Sunday.

The artwork was created from more than 200 pounds of milk chocolate, and features Christ with his arms outstretched as if on an invisible cross. Unlike the typical religious portrayal of Christ, the Cavallaro creation does not include a loincloth.

Cavallaro is best known for his quirky work with food as art: Past efforts include repainting a Manhattan hotel room in melted mozzarella, spraying five tons of pepper jack cheese on a Wyoming home, and festooning a four-poster bed with 312 pounds of processed ham.

I especially love that the headline looks like a rock concert has been canceled. There must be a band called "Chocolate Jesus."


abovethestars at 2007-03-30 19:53 (UTC) (Link)
oh why is this what we are worried about. *sighs*

That it was called - my sweet Lord - does crack me up though.

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-03-30 20:00 (UTC) (Link)
So, as our resident representative of Christianity In All Its Forms (nothing like a bit of responsibility, eh?) I have to ask you wan't most bothersome?

Implication that the Saviour makes a tasty dessert?

As "Anatomically Correct" is mentioned in the description, the umplication that the Messiah had a winky?

Inveterate punsterism regarding the Almighty?

Inquiring minds want to know! ;^D
abovethestars at 2007-03-30 20:24 (UTC) (Link)
Well as far as I know Jesus was anatomically correct and I am sure when he was hung on the cross I doubt he had a little cloth to cover his "winky"

I personally don't love the crucification anyway. The humlitating death of Jesus isn't the focial point of Christianity. I use the empty cross which leads to Resurrection as a more appropriate symbol, if we must have one at all.

I am pretty irreverent in many many ways, so making a chocolate Jesus doesn't bother me. We got in trouble in college for using a icon close to the "buddy Jesus" in Dogma. It was a very cartoon looking, thumbs up, and winking Jesus. Older adults thought we were being serious about it. Well to me I think God has a sense of humor or we wouldn't have humor. God wants us to be happy and have fun. So if someones art is making a chocolate Jesus - I don't think God would have a problem with.

I think God would be pissed at many many other things we do, but no not at this. :)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-03-30 21:18 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my, yes!

I remember that there was a huge controversy during the 1960s or 1970s when this picture was sued to illustrate an article about religion in "Playboy" magazine:

But I always found it a beautiful, moving image.

And, to come back for a second pass...

Bill Donohue, head of the watchdog Catholic League, said it was “one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever.”

So, Bill, lemme get this straight: Not the Holocaust, not the African genocides, not famine nore starvation and poverty on the streets of the wealthiest nation in the world. But a chocolate statue of Jesus.

My only response is another picture:

shygryf at 2007-03-30 19:58 (UTC) (Link)
i have trouble seeing how an anatomically correct chocolate jesus could possibly be tateful, except of course if it was delicious!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-03-30 22:39 (UTC) (Link)
I don't see chocolate as any more distasteful than any other sculpting medium, and, honestly, I'd consider it much more offensive to sculpt Jesus anatomically inaccurately! As Ivanova said to Londo Mollari, "You feel you're being symbolically cast... in a bad light!"
mrsquizzical at 2007-03-30 20:50 (UTC) (Link)
oh that is priceless.....

i'm sure they all love watching 'pastor greg' though.....
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-03-30 22:35 (UTC) (Link)
You know, my memories were pretty vague, so I googled for "Pastor Greg" and it's not at all what I was thinking. In the states, it's made for a very small Christian Cable-TV network -- sort of, as near as I can tell, the religious equivalent of the Bass Fishing Channel. So, for it's niche audience, I'm sure "Pastor Greg" is a wonderful show.

But it's probably not typical of American TV. (We're awful, but in an entirely different way.)
herrbgone at 2007-03-30 21:13 (UTC) (Link)
All I can say is Holy Mackerel! (Though why anyone should want to perforate a fish is beyond me...)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-03-30 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, separate dinners for us, please.
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Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-03-30 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I wanna see that, just so I can say, "I saw Jesus' butt, and it was so nice and round I just wanted to take a big bite out of it!"

Is that "wrong," do you think?
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Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-03-30 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
I love hte headlines in hte second one! "Hershey Highway to Heaven!" Bwahahahahah!
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risiepookie at 2007-03-31 04:22 (UTC) (Link)
I love getting my news from you- it's always something amusing! :o)
tajareyul at 2007-04-02 16:11 (UTC) (Link)
Just a note to let you know I've finally got around to friending you.

On the chocolate Jesus thing: I was shaking my head over that the other day when I read it in the paper.

My confusion was similar to yours. Are some Catholics uspet because the Jesus figure is anatomically correct? ZOMG! I'm sure I'm not alone in assuming that Jesus himself was anatomically correct, but hey, maybe that's why he never married.

Were they upset because the figure was made of chocolate? WTF? They get little Jesus crackers every Sunday. What difference does it make if that nibble of god is a Wheat Thin or a Thin Mint?

And I like the Tom Waits comment about the Immaculate Confection. *gigglesnort*
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