OK – here’s a post that should get some interesting responses. In Bremerton, Washington, a man has registered his protest of the commercialization of Christmas by crucifying Santa. According to Art Conrad, “Santa has been perverted from who he started out to be. Now he’s the person being used by corporations to get us to buy more stuff.” So Art nailed a fifteen-foot high crucifix in his front yard. So before you respond, think about this:
1. No question, it’s poor taste to do something this blatant in the sight of kids. Stupid move Art.
2. However, beyond the location, the guy’s got a point. In a museum, the piece might have been applauded for its message.
3. It’s also an interesting case of a provoking message getting some press. Its made national news thanks to Associated Press. And the crucifix – and message – has probably been seen by millions of people. Is that a good thing? Should we go to this kind of effort?
4. Finally – does this help the message or hurt it? In other words – does the use of such a violent and shocking image make Art’s point more clearly, or does it create enemies? Did the message accomplish Art’s goal? Or did it make him look like a nut?