Was Beyonce's Placement in Front of Jesus in the 'Last Supper' Painting a Deliberate One?
Religion Articles 1/5/14
By: Sarah Wilson
In today's society, being famous means that you are fair game for your every move to be criticized, critiqued, and tossed around social media for acceptance or outright bashing. However, as a celebrity that makes money from the acceptance of fans, there is a certain level of expected responsibility that many famous people often overlook. Beyoncé Knowles, of Destiny Child's fame, and who happens to be married to suspected Illuminati member Jay-Z, is learning this the hard way from a couple of incidents that have catapulted her into the disapproving eye of the public.
The same platforms (such as social media) that allow musicians to reach the public with their message are not working for Beyonce as of recent. Instead, a picture posted on the R&B singer's Instagram account and a sample on 'XO' using audio from the '86 Challenger disaster has angered various groups of people.
The first media firestorm occurred when it was revealed that Beyonce used audio from the broadcast of a space shuttle explosion (that took the lives of all seven crewmembers that were onboard) in a song titled 'XO.' Despite reassuring the public that the song was 'recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost ones,' headlines continue to reprimand the singer for involving the tragedy in one of her love songs. Beyonce has especially angered those directly affected by the disaster, including a widow of one of the astronauts, as well as NASA, which has publically scolded the singer for 'trivializing' a devastating event for Americas.
Most recently, Beyonce has riled up religious groups and Christians by sharing a picture depicting her posing in front of a painting of the 'Last Supper' – a well-known artwork based on the Gospel of John, where Jesus is depicting as having his last meal with his disciples.
Beyonce's placement in the photo is a curious one, as she is positioned in such a way that she is "replacing" Jesus….at least this is what many people took it as.
According to The Huffington Post, Beyonce was posing atop a Miami-based juice bar that happened to have an Andy Warhol camouflage-designed mural of "The Last Supper."
Despite clarifying how the picture of Beyonce posing with the 'Last Supper' painting came to be, fans and others are still displeased. While the singer has spoken of her Christian upbringing, fellow practitioners feel there is no excuse for her to have even thought it was respectful to pose in front of the mural – they feel she should have 'known better.' Is it a case of the singer being completely oblivious of the impact of her actions, or a deliberate attempt to make a 'statement' with the image?
Others like the president of American Family Association, Tim Wildmon, have also made a statement regarding the photo: "Is nothing sacred anymore? This is clearly an act of disrespect towards Jesus Christ, whom Beyoncé covers up with her pose."
Convinced that the act was deliberate, Wildmon went on to throw a jab at the media.
"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," he said. "Christians are the only group in America you can bash with impunity."
Beyonce also caught heat from fans who shared their opinions, such as: "Jesus Christ is my savior, not you. Besides that, I love Beyoncé, but you will never be God."