Looking Good for Jesus

The AP reports:

SINGAPORE — A cosmetics line that extolled the virtues of “Looking Good for Jesus” has been pulled from stores in Singapore after a number of complaints from shoppers, according to media reports Tuesday.

You can also view photos of the products. (The zippered change purse is perhaps the most outrageous; it says, “Be Not Worthy; Be Noticed; Show Him the Money.”)

The AP reports that The Straits Times quoted several critics. Nick Chui said, “These products trivialize Jesus Christ and Christianity. There are also sexual innuendoes in the messages and the way Jesus is portrayed in these products.” Grace Ong said, “Why would anyone use religious figures to promote vanity products? It’s very disrespectful and distasteful.”

However, I doubt that anyone would have grown too excited over Zeus’s Zit Zap or Isis Eye Cream.

I wondered whether some American entrepreneur has made the products available. Sure enough. And here and here. And in the UK.

Of course, the churches that I’ve seen don’t exactly discourage the use of makeup and other self-enhancement products, particularly at singles’ groups. (Tammy Faye comes to mind.)

At least the Christians don’t make death threats and go on destructive rampages when their prophet takes a little ribbing or serious criticism, the way that many followers of another popular religion do. Or would anyone dare to sell “Looking Good for Mohammed” on the streets of the Middle East or even in Paris, London, or Copenhagen?