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The national chain Urban Outfitters is selling a dress-up Jesus figure that has outraged customers.
The novelty item looks like a children’s game but has a magnetized figure of Jesus on the cross, clad in underwear, with interchangeable outfits such as a devil costume, a skull T-shirt and a hula skirt, reports WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.
Interchangable outfits for “dress-up Jesus” item sold by Urban Outfitters (Image: WCAU-TV, Philadelphia)
“I did a double take. It just seemed unbelievable to see something like that,” Gerry, a man who would not give his last name, told the station.
Gerry came upon the dress-up Jesus at an Urban Outfitters store at the King Of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania.
“I basically stood there speechless,” Gerry said.
He e-mailed the company, complaining the item is in horrible taste.
In reply, Urban Outfitters said it doesn’t sell the item to provoke or offend people, but to reflect a diversity of opinion among its customer base.
The company also sells shirts and hats bearing messages such as “Jesus is My Homeboy” and “My Other Jesus is a Camaro.”
On the home page of its website, Urban Outfitters features a shirt for women that says, “I did Justin three times.”
The creator of the product, who goes by the name “Normal” Bob Smith, insists he is doing nothing wrong.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with religious satire,” Smith told the Philadelphia station. “People have got to learn to laugh at themselves; it’s part of human nature.”
Smith, who claims to be an atheist, argues he’s making money the same way Mel Gibson is with his blockbuster film on the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life, “The Passion of the Christ.”