Defiling the Virgin Mary

Even women cannot escape the wrath of the God-haters. In 1999, the Brooklyn Museum of Art was sponsoring the "Sensation" exhibition. Among the objectionable exhibits was one by Chris Ofili, which included a collage of a black Virgin Mary incorporating elephant dung. That same year, New York Performance Works, a downtown New York theater, put on twelve performances of the play 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore, which features incest, stabbing, and poisoning, and depicts the Virgin Mary as a prostitute. Wide Sky Theatre Company, in association with the New York Performance Alliance, produced the play, and postcards advertising the production contained an illustration of the Virgin Mary with the Immaculate Heart with the inscription "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore," written across her. Catholic League's William Donohue sternly criticized the play and its highly offensive advertisement, saying, "What the New York Performance Works has now done adds to the legacy of anti-Catholicism that marks this community The postcard illustration is worth noting: there is something about Our Blessed Mother that the depraved can't stomach."

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