Yo Mamas Last Supper

Our popular culture is often anti-Christian, and the government itself (at all levels) sometimes gets in the act-with total disregard for the usual hypersensitivity to church/state involvement. The Brooklyn Museum, for example, is no stranger to controversy involving antiChristian expression. In 2001, it placed on display a "work of art" known as "Yo Mama's Last Supper;" a color photograph by Renee Cox, a Jamaican-born Roman Catholic, depicting twelve black men and a nude woman at Christ's Last Supper. Cox posed as the woman, who was intended to represent Jesus Christ, and explained that her photo "highlights legitimate criticisms of the church, including its refusal to ordain women as priests." New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani found the work repugnant: "If you want to display viciousness, hatred, ignorance, and you want to display anti-Catholicism, racism, or anti-Semitism, then you go find a private museum that wants to pay for this or a private sponsor." Giuliani also told reporters that "if it were done against another group there would be an outcry in this city that would demand that they take the photograph down, but anti-Catholicism is just accepted prejudice, it is allowed in the city and in our society."

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  • tanta
    What did "yo mamas last supper" represent?
    7 years ago

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