Sunday 19 February 2012

Edgy Gay Canadian Artist Mocks Islam... no, wait a minute!

Would the Faculty of Woollongong accept Bruce LaBruce?  No way, Bruce!

Oh,  Ho Ho!  Oh No, No!  An "edgy" artist is not going to mock Islam, is he? No way, especially if he's gay.

Oh no, it's not Islam Bruce LaBruce, the queer-gay Torontan artist has mocked, of course not: it's Catholics, with his Obscenity exhibition at La Fresh Gallery in Madrid.

No way "edgy" queer-activist artist LaBruce would have done an exhibition mocking Islam.  Especially given mainstream Islam's views on gays: they are to be killed; the only controversy is how.  If LaBruce had mocked Islam, the Islamic mob would have been there in a trice, with signs "Behead those who insult Islam".

Spanish Catholics are upset, but they haven't rampaged.

They've called his work "blasphemous". About 50 protesters demonstrated outside the gallery with placards reading "For a unified and Catholic Spain", and "God exists".  "Respect the sacred, no to blasphemy", they shouted.

As one of the Spanish Catholic protesters succinctly put it: "They don't dare with the Muslims", said 78-year old Michel Soto. "They dare with us because we are pacifists."

A couple of quotes from LaBruce, they're just too cute! (edgy, too...)
  • "Everything I know about organised religion I learned from Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns". [*] Really Bruce??!  Better study up on the Trilogy, dude, especially living in Toronto where members of the Religion of Peace have called for death to homosexuals [Ref].  And... who knew Joni was a religious scholar?  
  • "Obscenity presents a series of portraits that illustrate this most holy convergence of the sacred and the profane".  It's in the eye of the beholder, mate![**]
LaBruce's blog. [adult content warning]

[H/T South China Morning Post. Article is behind paywall and I haven't found it elsewhere, but for reference, the link is here]
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[*]: Legend has it that  Rolling Stone mag called The Hissing of Summer Lawns "the worst album of the year".  The title track "The Hissing of Summer Lawns", is about a woman who is treated as part of her husband's portfolio...  Sound familiar? [K 2:223]
[**]: a name like Bruce LaBruce, and he's not an Aussie??....

Later: re-watching the classic Python sketch above, I'm reminded of the Rules of the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Woolloomooloo: Rules 1, 3, 5 and 7 are "no poofters!"  Bruce LaBruce note!
Later still: this post  picked up by BCF