Outrage? Not so much, it’s only Christians being insulted


Apparently there is some outrage about a t-shirt exhibition which has a t-shirt from some band called Cradle of Filth that is offensive.

The display of a t-shirt that features a semi-naked nun and makes an obscene reference to Jesus has sparked a threat to call police and pleas for a boycott.

For an exhibition starting tomorrow, Canterbury Museum planned to display items including English metal band Cradle of Filth’s “Vestal Masturbation” t-shirts.

The clothing, the subject of several controversies and prosecutions worldwide over the years, featured an obscene slogan about Jesus on one side and a picture of a semi-naked nun masturbating on the other.

Conservative lobby group Family First called the exhibit “horrific” and “offensive” and was appealing to authorities, the public and the museum to take action.

Bob McCoskrie, the group’s national director, said he was complaining to police because he needed to “warn families” and dismissed suggestions his complaint would simply give the exhibit more attention.

“It’s a free exhibition in a public museum.”

Mr McCoskrie understood the museum received an “exemption” to display the t-shirts, even though he said both the Internal Affairs Department and Invercargill District Court had in the past deemed the shirt offensive.

“We don’t think it’s art.”

One man’s art is an other man’s junk.

I’m a Christian, and I’m not offended by the t-shirt.

Sure it’s crass…sure it possibly is insulting…but in reality I feel sad for the producers of this shirt that their life is so empty that the only way they can fill it up is by attempting to insult people with a silly t-shirt.

Bob McCoskrie should concentrate on the role of his organsation as defined by its goals and stop grandstanding on silly issues. Otherwise he just looks like the Christian equivalent of the taliban.

I do wonder however whether the museum would have the stones to display a shirt like this at the exhibition…or is it just Christians they are happy to upset because they know that they won’t get bombed, shot, stabbed or beheaded for daring to be offensive.


One suspects that if there was a shirt insulting Mohammed the museum would suddenly, like the NZ Herald find a ‘long-standing policy’ of not insulting people’s beliefs or religion.

Meanwhile I suggest everyone take a sage piece of advice from Steve Hughes on being offended.

“So what, be offended, nothing happens, you’re an adult, grow up, deal with it”


– NZ Herald