It's almost Easter, so what better time to insult Catholics?
Well, they got all the attention they wanted even though the exhibit is now being pulled.
A controversial planned exhibit of a milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ, dubbed "My Sweet Lord" by its creator, has been cancelled, FOX News has learned.Naturally, the gallery director plays dumb as to why people might take offense, but still manages a cheapshot.
The exhibit, set for Easter week, elicited outrage Thursday from a Catholic group infuriated by the anatomically correct confection.
"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.
"The fact that they chose Holy Week shows this is calculated, and the timing is deliberate," said Donohue, whose group represents 350,000 Catholics nationwide.
Donohue was calling for an economic boycott of the hotel, which he described as "already morally bankrupt."
The gallery's creative director, Matt Semler, said the Lab and the hotel were overrun with angry telephone calls and e-mails about the exhibit. Although he described Donohue's response as "a Catholic fatwa," Semler earlier said the gallery was considering its options amid the criticism.Sure, just a coincidence. What a dope.
"We're obviously surprised by the overwhelming response and offense people have taken," said Semler, adding that the Holy Week timing was an unfortunate coincidence. "We are certainly in the process of trying to figure out what we're going to do next."
Michelle Malkin wonders how the media would cover Chocolate Mohammed at Ramadan? We all know the answer to that one.
Still, so far there are no reports of rioting, murder or mayhem. Perhaps Catholicism should be referred to as the religion of peace?