September 26, 2007
Father forgive them…
Posted by: Chris
UPDATE at the end of the post:
…even they know exactly what they're doing. I can take a joke as well as the next guy, but there's nothing funny about this year's Folsom Street Fair poster, which parodies the Last Supper using leathermen for disciples, a bare-chested Christ, sex toys from wine goblets and members of the sophomoric drag troupe the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence thrown in for good measure.
I get the resentment of organized Christianity and the way it has repressed gays, women and minorities for centuries. But beyond the sixth grade snicker at doing something that they know would enrage conservatives, what is the point of childishly offending the widest possible audience?
The Folsom Street parody, like the Sisters themselves, only proof that the Golden Rule is much more effective than its opposite. Kudos to Miller Beer for asking that its logo be removed:
Statement Regarding Folsom Street Fair
While Miller has supported the Folsom Street Fair for several years, we take exception to the poster the organizing committee developed this year. We understand some individuals may find the imagery offensive and we have asked the organizers to remove our logo from the poster effective immediately
I wish the rest of us could ask that our association as gays be removed, too.
UPDATE: Dan Savage offers up several dozen Last Supper parodies from mainstream culture to argue that conservative Christians are only upset when the gays have their turn. He seems to miss the point that the Folsom Street version isn't merely poking fun or having a laugh; it replaces the wine goblets with fisting dildos and all variety of sex toys. It's not a stretch to see why that offends more than a Simpson's take-off.
Andrew Sullivan agrees.
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