A frog’s right to crucifixion

September 1, 2008 at 11:48 am 4 comments

When i first saw the painting below, i laughed so hard that i spilled a qurater of my coffee on my blouse. Then, ofcourse, i read the rest of the news and got enveloped in an all-consuming meditation (Didn’t, but I love the sound of that). I asked, like i did hundreds of times before, how far religion should be allowed. Whichever temple we worship at, we will all admit nothing has stood in the way of Science (and art) like religion. If it weren’t for rare souls who appear on our planet every hundreds of years, who dared say “no” & paid dearly for it, the world would have continued being flat and we’d perhaps have stayed in our caves.

Religious leaders don’t seem content in calling people with new ideas “Blasphemous” or “GuDu Kassa” anymore. They have started demanding for blood inspite of the love and harmony they are “called” to preach. Only in the last couple of years, we have heard of artists/writers whose head, detached from their bodies, suddenly became worth million of dollars the minute they produced something related to a religious leader of some kind. These works of art don’t seem to need be offensive to make frantic mobs out of religious followers neither. A remote resemblence, and out they go, smashing windows and burning flags.

Don’t get what i’m about to say wrong. I’m all for respect and boundary. When it’s both ways. Which is why I can’t help ask “Who the f do these people think they are?!” whenever one of these dramas take place on some unfortunate street of some unfortunate part of the world. By the look of them, you’d would think you owe them something, inspite of the heavy mission their respective gods cast on them to save our ass from hell fire & gnashing of teeth in either “Gehanem” or “Gehanna” and migrate us, if possible, to either “Gennet” or “Janat” and it’s blessings. That, perhaps, may sound too naive. But common decency dictates that whatever entitled them to their religion, should entitle the non-believer to his or her lack therein. Or is that too ideal too?!

Pope Benedict XVI, like many of his predecessors, has revealed it’s his turn to rap the table and call the art world to order. The subject under controversy is the above painting the undersigned labled “crucifrog” before realizing somebody else has thought of it too. His Holiness being from that part of the world in which religious leaders are far from calling the shots, thank God, he isn’t exactly calling for the death penalty. But he has breathed so heavy down somebody’s back that the museum who owned the sculpture has decided to “defy” him by refusing to remove it. I’m well aware the Vatican would frown on any cheerful-looking pope given to smiles, it’s mission being spreading the message of Christ, who might have worn the most sour face in the world. But i’m sure even the spiritual father of the people can afford to have a sense of humor from time to time!?

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If Hey-Zeus was alive.. Takes all kinds to make a world, i guess :s

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ras X  |  September 2, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Lets see, pretend I was in an Art Gallery and saw this piece. Just like you see in t.v.(I’ve never been to an Art Gallery), when two people are there discussing Art almost as if they are really just trying to practice the use of rare vocabulary. For example:

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    “Looking at this piece, I wonder if the artist here was trying to display the fusion between science and religion. No doubt our ancestors had a quarrel of a time trying to sort out the debacle. Whereas I’ve noticed the two seem to compliment the other. This piece may as well be as enlightening.”

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    I just like to see the world as art in an art gallery. Walking through the halls discussing the facts and fictions of it all. Practicing wordplay in a context intended to slow and calm the overactive mind into submission.

  • 2. Baher  |  September 5, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I beg to differ; there is absolutely no humor in it. It is just insulting!! I am pretty sure it would not be popular among the million Christians. What is appealing or interesting about this piece? Apart from, depicting Jesus as frog it present neither creativity nor imagination. And remember the pope has got every right to put forward his protest if he thinks it is offensive to the majority of the denomination. ………….so What is the rant about?

  • 3. abesheet  |  September 5, 2008 at 8:20 am

    I thought the tongue was hillarious, Baher. The dots representing the nose, they look like eyes when you see it from a certain angle, making the eyes look like huge ears, giving the impression that it’s actually the devil that’s on the cross with his tongue hanging. Or maybe that’s only on facebook.

    I’m an admirer of Christ as well. I know the guy meant well and I still am not down with the theory that he may have been married to Mary Magdallen, however much an evidence Dan Brown digs out. Would rather see him as pure and untouched by lowly emotions like lust (lowly to us, Ethiopians, atleast). And ofcourse the sight of a cross always bring him to mind. For some reason, though, this sculpture didn’t remind me of him. It doesn’t mean it didn’t occur to me what it’s modeled after. But didn’t affect me as intending anything seriously offensive except silliness and fun. Like mentioning a biblical expression in your writing in the opposite way it’s meant. I do it all the time. And always get a kick of it. Never meant to “Blaspheme”, unless specifically trying to. These people, and this book, are out there for all to use the way they saw fit. That’s what being a celebrity does to you, i guess. It’s easily accessible, which not only makes it inspiring but effortlessly manipulatable, your audience doesn’t need to be lectured as to whose legs you are trying to pull and you don’t have to deal with copy right issues.

  • 4. abyssinia  |  September 5, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I thought It’s hilarious!

    Seriously! I think we should lighten up a little bit and enjoy the work of art.

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