But is it Art?
DiverCity, an LGBT organization in Salerno, Italy, features Jesus and his disciples in various forms of undress, kissing and even engaged in oral sex to advertise its event tonight.
Italian conservative political parties are outraged by the artwork, especially since it was created to promote a meeting on Holy Thursday, the day the Last Supper is commemorated by Christians around the world.
According to PINKNews.com
Raffaele Adinolfi, the local representative of Il Popolo della Famiglia (The People of the Family) – a conservative party founded last month after same-sex unions were legalized– said the event represented the “killing of good taste”.
Adinolfi, whose party is against same-sex marriage, abortion, divorce and surrogacy, called DiverCity “some profanity animator of youth nightlife” whose defense of being “alternative, not blasphemous” he said was “incomprehensible.”
But Emanuele Avagliano, an organiser of DiverCity, defended the event… Writing on Facebook, he said: “We want to reaffirm our respect for others’ opinions, but equally we reiterate with force and conviction our freedom to live and enjoy ourselves as we see fit.”
Avagliano said the group wanted to emphasise that the picture was “intended to be neither blasphemous, offensive, nor disrespectful”.
He added that “we invite all, then, to participate on Thursday with even more strength and belief than usual, to reclaim an area of freedom, a space of expression and entertainment essential for gay boys and girls and trans people of our city”.
But this is not the first time “The Last Supper” has taken on a gay bent. In 2007, Folsom Street Fair used it to advertise its annual event.
DiVinci’s “The Last Supper” is a work of art. It is an imagined interpretation of an event and while an unqualified masterpiece is wholly wrong in any accuracy.
The men are white, most certainly not the race of Jesus and his apostles. It’s a very tony representation of a Seder, hardly the actual setting, meal and clothes of men who gave everything to the poor. So the question becomes, if the “offensive” image is a (mis)representation of the original event, shouldn’t conservative Christians be outraged by DiVinci’s too? What’s more, is this gay interpretation of another man’s depiction any more or less offensive than the thousands of others?