Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter Bitch

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I thought in this season I would republish this old story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette because it still makes me choke convulsively on my own t-shirt collar. As you can see from this picture above (not part of the original story), the Processional Pageant of the Penitent Bunny seems to be spreading to other communities around this great nation of ours.

Easter Bunny whipped at church show; some families upset

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Associated Press

A church trying to teach about the crucifixion of Jesus performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs, upsetting several parents and young children.

People who attended Saturday’s performance at Glassport’s memorial stadium quoted performers as saying, “There is no Easter bunny,” and described the show as being a demonstration of how Jesus was crucified.

Melissa Salzmann, who took her 4-year-old son J.T., said the program was inappropriate for young children. “He was crying and asking me why the bunny was being whipped,” Salzmann said.

Patty Bickerton, the youth minister at Glassport Assembly of God, said the performance wasn’t meant to be offensive. Bickerton portrayed the Easter rabbit and said she tried to act with a tone of irreverence.

“The program was for all ages, not just the kids. We wanted to convey that Easter is not just about the Easter Bunny, it is about Jesus Christ,” Bickerton said.

Performers broke eggs meant for an Easter egg hunt and also portrayed a drunken man and a self-mutilating woman, said Jennifer Norelli-Burke, another parent who saw the show in Glassport, southeast of Pittsburgh.

“It was very disturbing,” Norelli-Burke said. “I could not believe what I saw. It wasn’t anything I was expecting.”


What Now? said...

Too funny! You know what detail I find most amusing about that very strange photo? Jesus' socks. I don't know why, but they're tickling my funny bone.

Sfrajett said...

Ha! Jesus' socks ARE funny. Very white and very clean, though. Jesus clearly sorts his loads.

Hilaire said...

So I am sooo behind the Easter times...but ever-so-slightly drunk and very insomniac and perusing blogs...This reminds me of the time a few years ago when Catholic Youth Day or whatever it's called was in my city. A huge event, featuring hundreds of thousands of Catholic "youth" from around the world, and the then-Pope. GF and I decided to go out for a wander to see the Friday night festivities - just to take in the spectacle of it all; it was, this night, near my house, after all, and we were *interested*. The pageant (a sort of high-production-value stations of the cross, sort of like your Easter-bunny-whipping phenom) consisted mostly of this hot Jesus figure writhing as he was whipped by men in leather. Closeups on huge rock-show screens. Of course there's nothing intrinsically wrong with men being whipped by leatherclad men...But, the hypocrisy! How could all of these Catholics, this Pope, spend a good part of their few days colonizing our city, all the while condemning the queerness that Canada is so good at legally condoning...and then stage this blatantly homoerotic spectacle? It made me sick. We had to leave very early, so sick was I. Your whipped bunny - what a story - brings it up again. Horrifying.