The world is going to hell in a handbasket, as the elders would say. These days anything goes and apparently, if there is a list of things that are still sacred, Jesus is not on it.
After 81-year old Cecilia Jimenez of Borja botched the restoration of a centuries-old fresco of Jesus Christ called “ecce homo” (behold the man), a small northeastern Spanish church received a huge spike in tourism to their small town. According to CBS News, the painting was originally created by a famous Spanish artist named Elias Garcia Martinez, but the new version of that same painting has since been coined “ecce mono” or behold the monkey to represent the distortion of the face painted by Jimenez.
While many may see the painting as blasphemy, even more support Jimenez because of the economic turn the town has taken because of her version. The CBS report stated:
“Over 20,000 people have already signed an online petition to keep the botched fresco, which BBC correspondent Christian Fraser described as “crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.”
Well someone obviously took Fraser’s description to heart when thinking of the next new thing in Halloween couture. The new “Ruined Spanish Fresco Monkey Jesus” costume has taken the Internet by storm. And according to Yahoo! News the costume “is buzzing as one of this year’s top getups.”
Now tell me there isn’t something seriously wrong with this? Halloween enthusiasts have to shake their head at this one. According to the report, some of the Twitter messages have been:
- “Put away your Avengers outfits and Honey Boo Boo costumes. Best Halloween fancy dress this year, hands down.” — Ryan Nelson, @RyanJohnNelson
- “The Hottest Halloween Costume for this year is clearly ‘Monkey Jesus’. Though Steve Job’s Ghost is still in the top 10.” — Ryan G. Poirier, @RGPphotog
WHAT IN THEE HELL? Read more of the report here and watch the video below if you wanna know how all of this got started back in August.