Lawsuit against ‘the Met’ claims Jesus is too white in artwork; bronze-skinned man feels unaccepted

The Resurrection by Perugino
“The Resurrection” by Perugino.

A New York man has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art claiming he was personally affected by the fact that Jesus is too white in the museum’s paintings, the New York Post reported.

Justin Renel Joseph wrote in his complaint that the depiction of Jesus as an “Aryan” was a “offensive aesthetic whitewashing” of history because the Bible said Jesus had “black hair like wool and skin of bronze color.”

Joseph said he was stressed after he saw the “The Holy Family with Angels” by Sebastiano Ricci, Tintoretto’s “The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes,” Perugino’s “The Resurrection” and “The Crucifixion” by Francesco Granacci because he also has “black hair like wool and skin of bronze color,” according to the Post.

“The implication that someone who possesses physical features like the plaintiff could not be the important historical and public figure of Jesus Christ . . . caused the plaintiff to feel, among other things, rejected and unaccepted by society,” according to court papers obtained by the Post.

Joseph argued that the paintings represented “an extreme case of discrimination.”

The museum responded by calling the paintings important from both a historic and artistic standpoint.

“When they were painted, it was typical for artists to depict subjects with the same identity as the local audience. This phenomenon occurs in many other cultures, as well,” spokesperson Elyse Topalian told the Post.

Someone should tell Joseph that the world doesn’t have “safe spaces” waiting for him outside the safety of candy-ass liberal colleges.


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