Friday, October 15, 2010


The Misadventures of Mindless Idiots

Somewhere on the high plains, a woman, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with "Tougher than Nails" (that should have read "Dumber than Dirt"), entered a museum in the badly misnamed Loveland, Montana Colorado and attacked an artwork entitled "The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals" while screaming "How can you desecrate my Lord?"

It seems that any figure sporting a beard and long hair is automatically a depiction of Jesus, even if the figure is also sporting rather bodacious female breasts.

The artist, Enrique Chagoya, specifically denies trying to portray Christ and, according to the curator, Bud Shark, of the exhibit that the work was a part of:

"(The attack) is the direct result of the inflammatory and false descriptions of the piece in the press and by those protesting its inclusion in our exhibition," he said.

"The controversial image has been demonized as 'pornographic,' 'obscene' and 'depicting Jesus in a sex act' when none of this is true."

Okay, I'll take that with a grain or two of salt but why would that justify a violent attack on the artwork? What's next ... an attack on the artist? If some believers feel justified in one, is there much doubt that there are some who would feel justified in the other?

And, by the way, that second panel from the left on the bottom row ...


Via Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars

I believe the incident happened in the town of Loveland, Colorado -- not Loveland, Montana. The woman who desecrated the artwork was from Montana.
Ah! My apologies to ... um, wait a minute ... I can't apologize to Montana, where the loon came from and I can't apologize to Loveland, Colorado, where City Councilman Daryle Klassen called the artwork "smut" and initially wanted it removed but will now settle for a XXX rating notice.

Oh, I know ... I apologize to the sane folks of Colorado for raising their hopes that Loveland had somehow been banished to Montana!
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