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posted by December 11 at 14:32 PMon
An art gallery in Los Angeles is hosting an offensive Christmas art show—they’re calling it “Merry Titmas”—and just check out this piece.
Wow. That’s the Holy Mother in a Hooter’s t-shirt and the Holy Infant has been replaced with a pile of hot wings. Surely this is just as offensive as that Folsom Street Fair poster, right? I mean, look at those eyebrows—we all know the Holy Mother did not pluck her eyebrows or use blue eye shadow. LAist has an interview with the show’s curator, Lenora Claire, and it seems pretty clear that she intended to provoke good Catholics everywhere…
The painting of the Holy Mother wearing a Hooters tank top will clearly offend a lot of people. Especially because instead of the Messiah in the manger, it’ s a couple dozen hot wings. When exactly did you sell your soul to the Devil?
Lenora Claire: I’ve always said art much like breasts should be in your face. Since this is a show about art and breasts I started thinking of taking something as classic as a typical nativity scene and giving it a pop twist. I really feel that is the Virgin Mary found herself knocked up today that she would have to go work at Hooters to support the baby Jesus. Like everything I do there are high brow and low brow elements. It’s all about subversion.
Sure on one level people are going to be shocked but that is what gets them talking. You can either get off on the humor of it or the bold feminist statement. Or you can be offended. My goal with this show is to stimulate and titillate and I know I’ve accomplished that. I’m just lucky I was able to wrangle my friend Ed Mironiuk in to drawing it as it would be less impressive if I was left to expressing myself with my finger painting skills.
Titmas? Really? Why do you hate Christmas? Don’t you know that makes the baby Jesus cry?
Lenora Claire: As a Jew I have a pretty warped fascination with Christmas probably stemming from the Pee Wee Herman Christmas special I was obsessed with as a child and Divine going apescat over not getting her cha cha heels.
So when does the shitstorm already begin? Who will be first to point out that Ms. Clair didn’t dare put blue eye shadow on Mohammed? Or this sort of crap only truly offensive when gay people do it?