Looking 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.
Via / CBS News