posted on Jan, 31 2015 @ 04:13 AM
a reply to: stosh64
This is clearly mocking Jesus in some twisted satanic S&M pose. yet crickets......
OK, first and foremost, let me say that I am NOT defending these images, merely analyzing what I think is the artists intent (I am not a fan of
Madonna or Brittenny, for example, far from it).
That said, I do not see anything in those images as 'mocking' Jesus. Instead what I see is an attempt to use the imagery to compare the artist
predicament to that of Jesus predicament. She feels persecuted, or at least in the music she is presenting in that particular work the intent is to
reflect the idea of persecution.
These artists are not presenting images related to 'a certain other religion' - as you so delicately put it because that is not the religion of
their particular background. The founder of that 'certain other religion' did not undergo persecution by hanging on the cross, Jesus did. They do
not relate to the fundamentals of the 'certain other religion', it is not part of their world view; it does not communicate the idea they are trying
to discuss; why should it play any role in their works of art?
The point is, it isn't a case 'mocking' Jesus; it is a case of 'honoring' the idea of Jesus suffering and relating it to their own suffering.
Whether or not that work of 'art' appeals to you, or whether or not the imagery strikes a chord with your own sensibilities is really not their
problem. As I said, I don't like Madonna's work in general nor Britney's stuff at all. Lil' Wayne doesn't even impinge on my consciousness much
at all. But placing themselves on the cross, is just a shorthand way of saying "I'm suffering". In truth, their suffering is nothing like what
Jesus endured, but that isn't the point, and it isn't 'mocking' him, it is acknowledging him.
Are you even aware that there is a difference in the artistic representation of Jesus on the Cross and its meaning to those follow different branches
of the church that Peter founded in Jesus name? The Protestants always show the Cross empty to emphasize the risen Christ, while the Roman Catholics
always show Jesus on the Cross to emphasize the suffering he endured on our behalf. Neither is more correct than the other, it is merely a difference
in emphasis. Is it not obvious that Madonna was raised a Roman Catholic (I don't know about Britney and Lil' Wayne).
My suggestion is that you get over looking for something to be outraged about and learn more about the symbolism inherent in your own faith tradition.
Symbolism is the wellspring of art, all art, whether pop shlock like Madonna or Britney or classical masterworks like Beethoven or Michelangelo.