A new play at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, on the banks of the Seine near Notre Dame cathedral, features the face of Jesus Christ covered with what appears to be feces.
The play, “On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God”, which runs until October 30, is the story of an incontinent man being looked after by his son.
A copy of a huge portrait of Christ by Renaissance artist Antonello da Messina hangs at the back of the stage and appears to be covered in excrement towards the end of the performance.
After days of trying to get in, a group of about 20 Christian protesters on Wednesday “entered the theatre and threw stink bombs into the auditorium, shouting: “Enough Christianophobia!”
A spectator described the protesters as “very young people who are very angry but very well dressed.” Faced with a police cordon, they throw eggs and oil at the theatre and those going in, chanting in Latin or praying on their knees.
Paris police promptly arrested the protesters.
France’s ministry of culture blamed the demonstration on members of the Institut Civitas, which has called for a mass demonstration “in Christ’s honour”. “It’s insulting at the end of a scatological play to sully the portrait of Christ by making people believe that it’s faecal matter that has dirtied it, wounding so many believers,” the Insitut Civitas said on its website.
In April, Civitas had protested US artist Andres Serrano’s renowned “Immersion Piss Christ” photograph in the southern papal city of Avignon.
But the association of French Roman Catholic bishops not only did not support but is condemning Civitas for “the violence perpetrated during recent performances… France’s Roman Catholic Church is neither fundamentalist nor obscurantist (opposed to enlightenment).”
Dramatic luminaries including Juliette Binoche and Michel Piccoli have joined a committee to support the theatre.
So, covering Jesus’ face in feces or immersing the crucifix in urine is now “enlightenment”!
Hey, Juliette Binoche. I regret ever having paid $ to watch your movies, but I for sure will no longer do that, even if one of your movies comes on TV.
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