Met accused of whitewashing baby Jesus

The Holy Family with Angels by Sebastiano RicciA Manhattan man is suing the Met, claiming it’s committing sacrilege by depicting Jesus as a blond.

“Racist” paintings portraying Christ as an “Aryan” male should be removed from the walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Justin Renel Joseph argues in his Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Arian Jesus is the best Jesus!

    “I don’t care if it
    Rains or freezes
    As long as I’ve got my
    Arian Jesus
    Ridin’ on the dashboard
    Of my car…”

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Funny, but no one complains when the Virgin Mary is painted as a blonde.

    • tom_billesley

      He should go to Jasna Góra Monastery to see the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, or view another of the many vierges noires in Europe.

  • Surele Surele

    I am so relieved that all world problems are solved and we have time to argue what colour Jesus’ hair were. And here I was so worried about the world economy going to climate change hell, terrorists arriving in droves in North America… nah… Thank you Justin Renel Joseph, I can sleep tonight.

  • Xavier

    “Vas you dere, Charley?”

  • Minicapt

    Must be a NYTimes subscriber.


  • G

    Hopefully somebody publishes, online, his photo, photos of his family members, where he works ect. so appropriate appreciation can be expressed directly.

    • tom_billesley

      Doxing by proxy?

  • Shebel

    It must be Racism.

  • terrence

    Yet another example of the old adage, “Any man who represents himself at law, has an ass for a lawyer and a fool for a client.”

  • Kathy Prendergast

    This has got to be some elaborate joke or stunt; how could anybody be such an ignorant philistine as to know so little about European classical art? Of course Jesus was traditionally depicted in European art as looking like a European. If this idiot finds that so offensive he’s got quite an uphill battle to face.

  • simus1

    “Manhattan Man” seems to be an exceedingly obtuse reference when even blown away crack dealers who can’t keep their payments up to date rate a “father who was trying to turn his life around” lying pity quote.
    If JRJ wishes to commission a talented artist to paint a “real baby Jesus” alternative effort that meets his standards of accuracy, then by all means he should go ahead and do so.
    No doubt the original also had a patron who was very interested in having the content to his liking.

  • I remember seeing a US movie in my youth, depicting the story of the Bible, in which all the actors were black! (Excellent movie, by the way – since I never forgot it.)

  • Blind Druid

    I like to have some fun and confound my wife’s religious family by pointing out the anomaly of having Adam and Eve depicted with belly buttons in biblical art. You can smell the sawdust burning as their indoctrinated little brains try to process the thought.

    • Really? So your in-laws think that medieval and Renaissance paintings are actually photographs?

      Boy, howdy, you must have married into some dumb clan of hillbillies. If you’ve got kids, I’d get their chromosomes tested 🙂