Savage, Sullivan: Unaware of Bunuel's Last Supper in "Viridiana"?
Two of the gay community's self-appointed scolds, my colleagues and pals Dan Savage and Andrew Sullivan, have weighed in from different perspectives on the Folsom Street Fair's now-controversial poster parodying the Last Supper painting, created by an artist, da Vinci, of the homosexual persuasion.
Maybe the fact Dan lives on the Left Coast and Andrew resides on the Eastern Seaboard, can explain some of their thinking on the image for our city's fair this weekend.
Andrew's wagging his gay English nanny finger of disapproval at the San Francisco crew that created the satirical poster for this year's fetish fest in the streets of America's gay mecca.
Utterly unnecessary, I'd say, and counter-productive to ensuring that events like Folsom can continue to thrive. And not even ballsy. Next year, guys: do a similar parody on a sacred Muslim scene, if you have the balls. Easy, cheap blasphemy impresses no one.
Um, Andrew, I can't agree with you about the poster being a problem for the fair to keep on trucking and flourish, not when all the balls and cocks and tits and asses at the annual event do a much better job of being "counter-productive."
And I assure you, as a 15-year resident of San Francisco easy and cheap blasphemy can get you laid and stoned in this town, many times over, Andrew, and there's nothing wrong with either of those activities.
On the other end of the queer political spectrum, Dan's created a wonderfully funny collection of similar painted or cinematic satires throughout the ages at the Slog, and from all manner of media. Check it out.
And speaking of the cinema, die-hard foreign film buffs are fondly well-aware of Luis Bunuel's controversial dinner scene mocking the Last Supper and Catholic values in "Viridiana." I wonder if either Dan or Andrew is familiar with this movie masterpiece.
The 1961 film angered Franco and his government banned it from Spanish screens well into the Seventies.
This is the YouTube video of the classic scene, without subtitles, but even if you haven't seen the film and don't understand Spanish, you'll easily catch Bunuel's message.