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CWA Not Happy with "Last Supper" Ad for SF Folsom Street Fair

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Concerned Women for America has called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Governor Schwarzenegger and Senators Feinstein and Boxer to publicly condemn an ad for the upcoming Folsom Street Fair (site NSFW) in San Francisco. The annual leather fetish streetfest has produced a poster advertising the event which is a depiction of The Last Supper attended by leather devotees and a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence. Sex toys take the place of bread and wine in the parody.

Calling the event "reminiscent of Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah," Matt Barber, Policy Director for Cultural Issues with CWA, says, "We further challenge the media to cover this affront to Christianity with the same vigor as recent stories about cartoon depictions of Mohammed and other items offensive to the Muslim community. What's equally shocking and offensive is the fact that California taxpayers are forced to help foot the bill for the Folsom Street Fair. The City of San Francisco sanctions the event, shuts down several city blocks and provides police for security."

If you recall, CWA was the group that went after Starbucks for placing an Armistead Maupin quote on one of their coffee cups which read, "My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short."

See a larger version of the poster here.

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  1. Don't the Concerned Women for America have anything better to focus on...like poverty in America or children who are homeless or Americans who don't have access to health care because they can't afford insurance or the thousands of innocent Iraquis who are being blown to bits by our bombs or the disturbing trend for 'Christians' to focus on hate (and irrelevant issues) as opposed to trying to make the world a better place for ALL?

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 25, 2007 12:20:47 PM


  2. Yeah, the women are concerned because their husbands totally want to go to the Folsom St. Fair!

    Posted by: jeff | Sep 25, 2007 12:24:23 PM


  3. Wow, Matt Barber, Concerned Woman, really missed the point of the uproar over the cartoon depictions of Mohammed, didn't he. Wasn't the point, at least in the West, that cartoonists were exercising their freedom of expression and the protesters were religious extremists who were trying to stifle Western freedoms?

    Posted by: sam | Sep 25, 2007 12:25:10 PM


  4. I just went to the Concerned Women link and I think it's hilarious that they included not one but two links to full size pictures of the Folsom Street Fair ad. Just in case some of those Concerned Women want to study it closely, I guess.

    Ever notice that the "Concerned Women" always seem to be men?

    Posted by: sam | Sep 25, 2007 12:29:12 PM


  5. Great ad this year.

    Posted by: Davey | Sep 25, 2007 12:33:33 PM


  6. Yet another slam at Christianity. Another shameful aspect of our community.

    Posted by: DEAN | Sep 25, 2007 12:38:35 PM


  7. "California taxpayers are forced to help foot the bill for the Folsom Street Fair"? That's ridiculous. Do you have any idea how much money the Folsom Street Fair raises for the city of San Francisco? Do you think the cops would otherwise turn a blind eye to the public sex and nudity, and to the various people dancing high on drugs on the street?

    Posted by: Max | Sep 25, 2007 12:40:45 PM


  8. Anything that slams right wing Christianity is a winner in my boat!! Hooray for Folsom Street Fair for exercising their right to free expression and free speech.
    Christian extremist are the least Christ-like people around. I applaud this PARODY.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 25, 2007 12:45:44 PM


  9. This ad is completely offensive and disgusting. Between Chris Crocker and stunts like this, is it any wonder why our community isn't taken seriously and doesn't get the respect we deserve? Gay Pride is seriously hard to have when something like this is out there.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 25, 2007 12:46:09 PM


  10. Saw this poster a couple of weeks ago on my way to the gym. Laughed my ass off!

    Posted by: JR | Sep 25, 2007 12:47:08 PM


  11. "the public sex and nudity, and to the various people dancing high on drugs on the street"

    Gee, how admirable. Hopefully, Chris Crocker won't do a remote and put on YouTube.

    Posted by: Bacchus | Sep 25, 2007 12:50:14 PM


  12. Oh, Tom ... you card.

    That is a very hot poster. And big deal if this "offends" anyone. I'm SO over being politically correct all the time.

    Posted by: Allen | Sep 25, 2007 12:51:34 PM


  13. Dean,

    The photograph is beautiful. Rather than being a slam at Christianity, I see it as a celebration of kink and sexuality. May I recommend about a decade of psychotherapy for you to deal with your internalized homophobia?

    xxx,
    peterparker

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 25, 2007 12:52:53 PM


  14. Just to clarify (for all self-hating homosexuals): the Folsom Street Fair is not only about public nudity and drugs, just like homosexuality is not only about cock-sucking.

    Posted by: Max | Sep 25, 2007 12:54:48 PM


  15. Hi TOM! Please see my comments to DEAN.

    xxx,
    peterparker

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 25, 2007 12:55:00 PM


  16. I fully support freedom of speech but worry that stirring the hornet's nest will only get you stung.

    Posted by: Gary | Sep 25, 2007 12:55:01 PM


  17. It's a parody of a PAINTING by Leonardo da Vinci. It's not actually Jesus in the painting. It's an imagining by an artist who is generally considered to have been a homosexual. Just thought the irony was rich and that I'd add it to the conversation.

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 25, 2007 12:58:43 PM


  18. I'm not against free speech but people should think about how these ads effects and reflects the community as a whole. If you demand respect for who you are then you need to respect others. Not all Christians are anti-gay and these ads insult them as well.
    Also this ad will only reinforce the stereotype that all gay people are a bunch of bathroom whores with AIDS. I understand that this ad is a angry reaction to Christian persecution but try and think about how it effects the gay community as a whole before you go to print

    Posted by: Bud | Sep 25, 2007 1:00:11 PM


  19. Idiots. Sure, let's give the Christian Reich some MORE ammunition to slam back in the gay community face when we are trying get anti-discrimination laws passed.

    Yes, the ad is provocative, and yes, freedom of speech, blah, blah, blah, but it's just over top. I can see marginal gay accepting heterosexuals cringing.

    Idiots.

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 25, 2007 1:00:54 PM


  20. And MAX, why is it that the ONLY pictures ever POSTED about the Folsom Street Orgy ARE the cocksucking and watersports pictures?

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 25, 2007 1:03:26 PM


  21. And once again, why is it that the Concerned WOMEN for America's spokesman is a man, baby (as Austin Powers), a man, baby.

    Screw 'em, they're just on a roll after the Petraeus thing that figure they'll add this on.

    CWA SpokesMAN Matt Barber is a cartoon of a conservative just by virtue of the organization he works for. Problem with the group is that there isn't one "concerned woman" who has enough sense of self-worth to take a position of power in her own organization.

    You can't take someone like that seriously.

    Posted by: Joe Bua | Sep 25, 2007 1:05:45 PM


  22. Gosh, I don't know... I'm Christian and I'm not offended at all. I know it's not supposed to be a representation of Christ. It's a parody of a famous image... that's all.

    There's no point in trying to modify anyone's expression in an effort to try to placate religious conservatives. They've already made their mind up and nothing short of a paradigm-shattering personal event will change that. All we can do is live our lives as we see fit, say whatever we want whenever we want, support each other, and defend what's left of our constitution.

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 25, 2007 1:05:50 PM


  23. WWJD?

    He'd have a laugh. Jesus would love the ad. It humanizes him and the founders of the Christian church.

    I like it too.

    Posted by: Marc | Sep 25, 2007 1:06:21 PM


  24. For several years now the Folsom Street Fair has no longer been a "gay" event. It's a celebration of leather, kink, S&M,etc. for the entire range of sexual orientations. There are as many straight people in attendance as there are gays.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 25, 2007 1:06:36 PM


  25. You can express your hate mail to the Concerned Women for America at
    Concerned Women for America
    1015 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1100
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    Phone: (202) 488-7000
    Fax: (202) 488-0806
    or visit their website
    http://www.cwfa.org/main.asp

    Posted by: Jon | Sep 25, 2007 1:10:33 PM


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