Wednesday, January 25, 2006

is that too much?

for those of you who don't know, i am a huge kanye west fan. so much so that my co-workers of a little more than a month already know the deal. so when i received an email from a coworker prompting me to take a look at an article about kanye west portraying Jesus on the cover of rolling stone, i had to recover from the initial shock of not knowing about a kanye move this significant. i quickly visited the article -- my, my, my, what an image. now, kanye is not the first artist to take such liberties and he definitely won't be the last, however, shouldn't this iconic image be off limits?

we all remember nas and diddy (at that time puffy, or was it puff daddy?) evoking the image of Jesus on the crucifix in the hate me now video and the backlash that resulted, so what exactly does kanye expect to get out of this? he is already hated on and despised in social, entertainment and political circles, doesn't this just open up a whole new market of haters and critics?

i'm all for artistic freedom, but as a christian i think this oversteps some boundaries that a better left well enough alone. kanye i love you, but you've taken jesus walks to a whole new level and i'm not sure you're gonna get what you want out of this move.


Blogger Bittersweet said...

As a Christian, were you as thrown by Mel Gibson's idea of a portrayal, or all of the pictures/icons/figurines depicting Jesus as white. I always thought this an interesting point. . as long as the depiction was of a White man it's ok. . .but let it be a Brother and there is major problem. . .

4:49 PM  
Blogger ctoole said...

Considering the ruckus in the Muslim world over their icons, I don't think it such a big deal. Christ's character and spirit is to be reverred, admired, emulated and reflected. His superficial image isn't.

What 'Ye did doesn't bother me, because I don't think he's exalting himself as an idol. It's a metaphor, powerful image. It's effectiveness in getting its point across is questionable because while we know what Christ's image means so many view sacriligious when they think it's been mishandled. He's been often referred as a hip hop messiah and some feel his actions radical in various ways.

But one does have to realize that others depict themselves as Christ all the time and no one says anything.

It's probably wise that people avoid religious icons altogether because people are so antsy.

10:12 PM  

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