Church’s Woke Advert Featuring a Bearded Jesus with Women’s Breasts and Make-Up Sparks Outrage
I am surprised this story I have linked to below didn’t get any play on Christian twitter.
I even kept re-tweeting the original news story, from Daily Mail, off and on at my Twitter account for several days, still, nobody else who follows me, even folks who run spiritual abuse type blogs, commented on this or shared it. I thought that was very strange.
I’m rather undecided about movies or TV shows or what have you that want to depict Jesus as a biological woman, in that, too many Christians are already sexist enough (which one can witness via their (Link): “complementarian” teachings) where they deify and idolize the male sex; it really should not matter if Jesus came to earth in a male or female body.
The Bible says that God the Father has no physical body (God is said to be Spirit), and both God the Father and Jesus use female analogies to describe themselves (e.g., saying they are like mama hens protecting their baby chicks.)
The Jesus of the Bible simply does not run about depicting himself as being a manly-man guy who crushes beer cans in one hand – not even the book of Revelation does that, as sexist preacher Mark Driscoll likes to teach.
My particular problem with this image below (and also pictured above) is that it doesn’t depict a biologically woman Jesus figure – which wouldn’t bother me so much – but it looks as though it’s a “Jesus in drag,” or a trans-woman – that is, it appears to be a biological male who slapped on some lip stick, blush, and stuffed a bra with tissues.
I have to wonder about Christians, especially male ones, who have absolute conniption fits any time a movie wants to portray Jesus as a biological woman. If you find it that upsetting, I think it reveals more about you and your latent sexism against women than it does liberal Hollywood.
If you are truly not sexist or racist, it shouldn’t bother you in and of itself if some artist or movie-maker wants to depict Jesus as being a black person, a woman, or an Asian in a book, a painting, a sculpture, or a movie.
For reasons I won’t get into here in this post (but which I mention in other posts), I don’t generally support biological men claiming they are women – and this image or marketing as seen below seems to be a move to normalize men pretending to be women and taking over women’s spaces.
by Sophie Tanno
Sept 17, 2020
The Church of Iceland’s new ‘woke’ ad welcoming people to Sunday School has sparked outrage after it featured a bearded Jesus Christ with breasts, makeup and a dress.
The advert, which apparently shows Jesus shaking his ‘breasts’ while dancing under a rainbow, appeared on the National Church’s Facebook page on September 11.
The advert has since been deleted from the Church’s page, but will be depicted on buses in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik for at least another two weeks.
The Church said in a statement: ‘The 2020 Assembly of the National Church regrets that the picture of Jesus in a Sunday school advertisement has hurt people. The goal was to emphasise diversity, not to hurt people or shock them.’
Petur Georg Markan, media representative for the Church of Iceland, said that is positive for Jesus Christ to appear in different forms and that the church celebrates diversity.
Markan added: ‘In this one, we see a Jesus who has breasts and a beard. We’re trying to embrace society as it is. We have all sorts of people and we need to train ourselves to talk about Jesus as being ‘all sorts’ in this context.
‘Especially because it’s really important that each and every person see themselves in Jesus and that we don’t stagnate too much. That’s the essential message. So this is okay. It’s okay that Jesus has a beard and breasts.’
However, he was also aware of the online backlash, adding: ‘We know that not everyone agrees Christ should appear this way, and we do of course respect that.’
Markan said that the same artist who designed the ad will begin work on a new campaign: ‘Soon, we’ll be introducing more personifications where, for example, you’ll see Jesus making a contribution to environmental issues.’