Wednesday, February 13, 2008

ChapNews Volume 14: Jesus Trouble

Remember how we wrote about novelty company BlueQ and its "Lookin' Good for Jesus" line of products? Well it turns out that some Roman Catholics in Singapore weren't too happy about the blaspheme-tastic products (yes, that's the pope on their website) and made a ruckus about it. Such a ruckus that BBC news, which only reports on the things that matter, picked up on it:

Catholics complained the cosmetics' marketing was disrespectful, full of sexual innuendo and trivialised Christianity.

About 15% of Singapore's 4.4 million population is Christian.

The products included a "Virtuous vanilla" lip balm and a "Get Tight with Christ" hand and body cream, featuring a picture of Christ flanked by two adoring women.

"Why would anyone use religious figures to promote vanity products? It's very disrespectful and distasteful," the Straits Times newspaper quoted accountant Grace Ong, 24, as saying.

How do we know those two adoring women aren't Mary Magdeleine and Jesus's mom? I guess the point is that we shouldn't put Jesus on any products that aren't actually of heavenly quality. Let's keep Jesus where he belongs: in the ceramics business.


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