Homophobic American Family Association Slams Beyoncé: "An Act of Disrespect Towards Jesus Christ"
While Beyoncé and Jay Z were strolling around Wynwood earlier this week, they stopped by Jugofresh. Beyoncé popped herself up on the restaurant's counter and posed, intentionally or not, in front of an image of Jesus on the restaurant's Last Supper-themed wall paper.
Well, now the American Family Association has issued a press release slamming Queen Bee for "disgracing" Jesus Christ. Which might seem so sincere if the AFA didn't then turn around to use the incident as a way to excuse its own homophobic rhetoric.
Here, in case you haven't seen it, is the offending image:
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"Is nothing sacred anymore?" asked Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association, in a blistering press release. "This is clearly an act of disrespect towards Jesus Christ, whom Beyoncé covers up with her pose. This had to be done intentionally. However, you will not see the media condemn her for offending Christians in the same way they did Phil Robertson for offending homosexuals because there is a double-standard. Christians are the only group in America you can bash with impunity."
The AFA Is known for its fierce anti-homosexual views.
"We want to outlaw public homosexuality... We believe homosexuality is immoral and leads ultimately to personal and social decay," the AFA's website once read, and its leader once claimed homosexuality was to blame for the Holocaust.
So of course they're trying to equate Beyoncé's picture with Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson's anti-gay views and complain about a media "double standard."
Which completely ignores the fact that the AFA sent this press release out two days after there was already a media firestorm about the picture.
The difference here, though, is that Beyoncé is a self-proclaimed Christian. She's not bashing anyone. She's not trying to outlaw public displays of sexuality.
Never mind the fact that she's posing in front of wallpaper inspired by (gay) Andy Warhol's reproduction of (gayer) Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting.
It may not have been Beyoncé's most savvy move, but she certainly isn't bashing anyone with impunity.
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