Category Archives: Controversial Art

Top Christmas Ads of 2011

Every December, there are handfuls of churches and Christian organizations that put out advertisements to spark discussion about the true meaning of Christmas.  Here are two from this year, both of which were unveiled last week and have gotten a … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss Bible

“Dr. Seuss Bible” is a sketch by the Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, whose eponymous TV show aired late-night on three networks from 1989 to 1994.  Even though CBC, HBO, and CBS all had rights to the … Continue reading

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Forbidden Art in Russia

This August, a court in central Russia banned this painting from all future exhibitions and publications, deeming it “religiously offensive” and “extremist.” This piece depicting Mickey Mouse delivering the Sermon on the Mount was part of a 2007 exhibition at … Continue reading

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The Rob Bell controversy and the video that started it all

Sorry, guys—I’ve been out of commission for the last week while writing a paper for my book marketing course at BU.  I’m writing about book trailers, and whether or not they’re effective marketing tools. One book trailer that definitely impacted … Continue reading

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Ryden’s Piano-Man Jesus

Insert Jesus into an oeuvre that regularly features wide-eyed fairytale femmes, Abraham Lincoln, and raw meat, and you’ve got yourself a Mark Ryden painting. This guy’s work, kooky to the utmost, is exhibited worldwide and sells for hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

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If you want to be tight with Jesus…

… try on these jeans.  Jesus Jeans, an Italian-based brand whose ad campaign shocked both church and state in the 1970s, is being relaunched in December after an almost-twenty-year hiatus. The ad to the right is one of the originals, … Continue reading

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Jesus Is My Homeboy: A Photograph Series

When fashion and fine arts photographer David LaChapelle saw someone wearing a “Jesus is my Homeboy” T-shirt in 2003, he was touched by the simplicity of the message.  It made him wonder who Jesus’ original homeboys (the twelve apostles) were—or … Continue reading

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