March 12, 2005

The pope's last stance

"A clothes company that presented a group of well-dressed women in a Last Supper style pose to promote their latest range has drawn a legal ban in the city of Milan.
The poster, by French fashion house Marithé and François Girbaud, is a version of Leonardo da Vinci's work with an almost all-female cast. The poster has appeared on billboards and in magazines in New York and Paris for weeks, but in Milan, where Leonardo da Vinci’s original fresco and religious sensitivities carry more political weight, it was banned. The city’s advertising watchdog ruled in January that the image "with a high concentration of theological symbols, cannot be recreated and parodied for commercial ends without offending the religious sensitivities of at least part of the population."
From: The Index on Censorship

A Pierre & Gilles or a Jean-Paul Gaultier version of the poster would naturally star altar boys only, some under the table perhaps, dressed in lacy and sequined loincloths. So much more representational of a church thriving on male bonding. When are they going to get over this irrational fear of women?

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