“My Sweet Lord”

Brian Zick

Update: Larry McShane for AP reports: Chocolate Jesus show canceled. 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." BBC reports: A New York gallery has angered a US Catholic group with its decision to exhibit a milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ. The six-foot (1.8m) sculpture, entitled "My Sweet Lord", depicts Jesus Christ naked on the cross. Catholic League head Bill Donohue called it "one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever". The sculpture, by artist Cosimo Cavallaro, will be displayed from Monday at Manhattan's Lab Gallery. That would be this Bill Donohue, professional victim and controversy manufacturer. And anti-muslim, anti-homosexual, anti-Semitic bigot. Here are a couple more "worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever," which have been produced by confectioners appealing to the religious trade. Chocolate Jesus lollipop ($5.00) from the Christian Religion IN CHOCOLATE selection at The Chocolate Experience. Chocolate Jesus or Mary from the Religious Chocolates available at Chocolate Fantasies ($5.50 each). One wonders what Donohue thinks of Tom Waits' song "Chocolate Jesus."

Brandon Johnson
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