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Man sues museum over ‘racist’ Jesus paintings




A Manhattan man is suing the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the city of New York for what he considers "anti-Semitic, racist and offensive artworks" on display at the museum.

Justin Renel Joseph, who lives in Midtown, filed the suit in a New York federal court on Nov. 30.

He claims several paintings, including "The Holy Family with Angels" by Sebastiano Ricci are racist because they "depict the historical and public figure of Hebrew decent, Jesus Christ, as a blonde haired, fair-skinned, Aryan adult male" despite the chances that someone born in the Middle East would not be genetically disposed to have those features.



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  1. Dear Justin:
    You are so interesting. Here is the number for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: 1-800-LIFENET. If it really gets bad, call 311.
    Have you ever thought about working for some artist painting “Christ’s Scourging” as a model?
    Good Luck for your undeserved fifteen minutes of Fame!
    Your friend,
    A. Wyatt Mann

  2. The guy is correct; Jesus, Mary and Joseph would have been as he describes, not fair-skinned and blonde.
    But, art is art, and the artist paints what he “sees,” authentic or not.
    Mr. Justin Joseph should find something more important to do with his time (and the court’s)