Forget Chocolate Bunnies. It’s Chocolate Jesus for Easter!

chocolate%20jesus.jpgLooking for something that goes to the original Easter message and is tasty for your Easter basket? Then look no further. “My Sweet Lord” is a 6-foot anatomically correct milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ.

“This is one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever,” said Bill Donohue, head of the watchdog Catholic League. “It’s not just the ugliness of the portrayal, but the timing — to choose Holy Week is astounding.”
The 6-foot sculpture by artist Cosimo Cavallaro 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 at the Lab Gallery inside midtown Manhattan’s Roger Smith Hotel was planned for Easter Sunday.


What’s so ugly about the portrayal. Well some are angry that Jesus is “en pelotas”, that is completely naked with no traditional loin cloth. Others are just pissed that Jesus is done in an unusual medium. There have even been calls to boycott the hotel. This morning local NYC news shows struggled to find meaning in the sculpture. Was the artist making a commentary on the commercialization of Easter? Was the artist making a comment on the fleeting nature of religious faith? Maybe the artist just likes to work with food. Past works of Cavallaro have included 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 (ewww).

What I don’t get is the shock over the fact that Jesus is shown having a ::gasp:: penis. What did people think he was packing under his loin cloth? A glowing ray of holy light? Wasn’t Jesus’s humanity part of his mission here? Anyway I’m going to try and catch a glimpse of this statue before angry Christians melt it down.

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8 comments on “Forget Chocolate Bunnies. It’s Chocolate Jesus for Easter!
  1. The author of this article is an irreverant asshole. “hat did people think he was packing under his loin cloth? A glowing ray of holy light?”

    I see NO good reason that this statue had to be nude and “artistic” people love to keep pushing the envelope of inappropriate, saying that it’s artsy and that if others can’t see that they’re being ignorant. And the fact that they’re saying it’s a coincidence when it came out? BULL!

    Oh another note, Bill Donahue is overreacting by saying this is the WORST assault.

  2. Why are Catholics/Christians making death threats? Someone please inform me if this is not hypocritical?!?

  3. Anna : This is the irreverent asshole (and a Catholic school educated one at that) – I think the timing thing being overplayed. Honestly would the Catholic League have reacted any different had it come out at any other time of the year?

    PS – I didn’t get to see sculpture. The hotel caved to demands and canceled the exhibit

  4. Anna, sweety, I hate to be the one to break this to you but the Catholic Church, and many other faith traditions (Christian and otherwise) have, for centuries, maintained that Christ was crucified naked.

    Why would you support revisionist history for the sake of art?

    And as for your statement:

    “I see NO good reason that this statue had to be nude and “artistic” people love to keep pushing the envelope of inappropriate…”

    Why do you hate Michelangelo, DaVinci and the other religious iconography artists, ALL of whom the Catholic church NOW loves, so much?

    If it were left up to ignorant, dark ages inquisitors like you, The David, and other nude, great works of art from antiquity, would be diapered.

    It amazes me that Catholics will travel a thousand miles to kneel and pray before a cow patty that looks like Mary (or at least like the Italian renaissance idea of what she looked like), but will come completely unhinged over a sculpture (that they would have loved) only for the fact that it is carved from chocolate, and is true to the historical record of the crucifixion.

    Am I the only Christian in the world who thinks that the world would be a much better place if there was no such thing as religion?

  5. As far as areligiosity it leads to secularization which leads to dehumanization.

    Read Rubinstein a Jewish secularization theorist.

    I would like to see the evidence that Catholics called in death threats. If they ever showed up which I’m sure they wouldn’t, these Catholics are not practicing their faith.

    I am disappointed in the way the Cardinal handled this matter. Bernini’s St. Teresa in Ecstasy is my favorite sculpture and it took some heat when it was unveiled. A Cardinal is not the Pope so please don’t form your opinion on Catholicism based on this man. If it was not for the Catholic Church we would be artistically deprived.

  6. I can’t see why anyone could be upset about this. Can’t we appreciate art anymore, just because people were making threats, what happened to the Martin Luther King days. Where we were strong and fought for what we believed in. The hotel should not have caved to the pressure. The church will always have there opinion on things, but that does not mean I should not have got to experience this masterpiece.

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