Politics

A "Piss Christ" scandal in the Philippines

philippines_penis_art_2011_08_08.jpg

Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, views a controversial art piece on exhibit at the government-owned Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on August 8, 2011. Church groups have threatened to file charges against the center if the art is not withdrawn.

Credit:

JAY DIRECTO

Just as U.S. conservatives were outraged by the "Piss Christ," artwork featuring a crucifix in a jar full of urine, the Philippines is in a tizzy over artwork that mixes imagery of Jesus Christ and wooden penises.

Conservative Filipinos such as former dictator's wife Imelda Marcos -- she's a congresswoman now! -- are aghast that such art is displayed in the government's Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila.

Another piece at the center features Jesus with a clown nose and Mickey Mouse ears. Some religious figures in the devoutly Catholic nation are considering legal action, according to The Inquirer, a paper based in Manila.

A photo of the offending artwork can be seen here. (Warning: this is an image of Jesus Christ with a wooden penis jutting out of his face.)

As for the Piss Christ, first unveiled in 1987 and awarded in a contest linked the National Endowment for the Arts?

It's still, ahem, pissing people off. Just three months ago, the artwork -- a photo of the urine-soaked crucifix -- was vandalized by angry Christians while on display in France.