A popular gay bar in Italy is facing backlash this week for a poster that featured an explicit version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”
The poster, which was created to promote a gay night held every Thursday at Caffe Verdi in the city of Salerno, depicted a tattooed Jesus surrounded by a group of shirtless ‘disciples’ in various compromising sexual positions.
The poster caused an uproar in the town, with local political groups calling for the event to be canceled out of respect for the Christian community, calling the poster “misplaced and disrespectful” and accusing it of “slaughtering respect and good taste.”
‘The organizers are neither blasphemous, nor “alternative” but simply misplaced and disrespectful,’ said Fabio Mammone, the deputy coordinator of Forza Italia’s Salerno branch.
Caffe Verdi defended the poster in a statement: “We can not remain silent in front of the multiple media attacks and print media also came to our activities in the past few hours. Like any business, we respect secularism and freedom of expression of each and all! Our doors are always open to all, without distinction of race, sex or religion.”
“Ugly, disgusting, I would say, that a place of aggregation as this guests an image that creates division instead because inspire the feeling of faith of so many people! If we promote this disrespectful attitude of the faith of others, in a place ‘ Democratic ‘ and ‘ Universal ‘ like a coffee shop, how can we talk about tolerance, Brotherhood, peaceful coexistence among people or different cultures? What a disappointment!” wrote another.
The cafe’s Facebook page was flooded with a torrent of negative reviews, with one enraged commenter writing, “You will have to apologize for the rest of your life for the lack of respect towards those who believe in Jesus. Shame!”
But not all comments were negative. “That gay Last Supper picture is excellent. Well done,” wrote one. “Five stars for courage, independence and equality,” wrote another.