Friday, 1 August 2008

The crucified frog

One of the strange things about those who have theist beliefs is how easily they are upset by artists who seek to express non-mainstream ideas and opinions through their artworks.

After all, if someone really believes something, why should they care what other people say? And shouldn’t anyone have the right to express ideas and opinions anyway?

Take for example the Crucified Frog which is raising a storm in northern Italy at the moment with Pope Benedict XVI taking a summer break at a seminary in the nearby mountains:

The frog has a beer glass in one hand and an egg in the other. He also appears to be covered in warts (or are they nipples?)

What this all means is anyone’s guess. It could be that beer represents the sin of alcoholism and the egg the sin of sex, and that the frog is getting punished for his misdemeanors. Or perhaps not.

But whatever it means doesn’t really matter. This is art, and art is subjective.

But not everyone agrees. Because non skeptics in northern Italy – Bolzano more specially - have complained to the police that the frog – which is being displayed in the Bolzano Museum of Modern Art - is a "public obscenity"!!

The Union for South Tyrol, a separatist group, said it had collected 10,000 signatures for a petition demanding the removal of the crucified frog. Franz Pahl, the president of Trentino-Alto Adige regional council, has gone on hunger strike in protest over the exhibit.


An obscenity?

Somehow I don’t think so.

But I’ll tell you something: Kermit should be worried…

Kermit is worried that his liking for interspecies couplings with a common farmyard pig will get him crucified. That should wipe the smile off his face!


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