Huge Horny Guy Gets No Respect

So I guess some pagans in England are all kinds of upset about FOX painting a giant Homer Simpson next to their massive carving of the Cerne Abbas Giant. Evidently, it’s considered disrespectful by some to acknowledge the 17th century carving’s existence in any way other than gawking at it in breathless awe or tearful reverence. I guess the fact that it looks like a third-grader’s poor attempt at low-brow art is lost on them and so they are bothered by a similarly conceived piece of art being in such close proximity.

*heavy sigh*

Look, I’m all about the freedom to carve images of pin-headed, club-wielding naked dudes on hillsides. Few things flagrantly spit in the face of uptight censorship like a 30-foot erect penis. That’s good stuff. But I’m having a tough time empathizing with the pagans here. First of all, they're getting fussy over a stupid drawing of a cartoon character that will wash away the first time it rains. Secondly, these people are freaking nut-jobs:

Ann Bryn-Evans, joint Wessex district manager for The Pagan Federation, said: “It’s very disrespectful and not at all aesthetically pleasing.”

“We were hoping for some dry weather but I think I have changed my mind. We’ll be doing some rain magic to bring the rain and wash it away.”

Whozawhatsis, now? o_O They’ll be doing some rain magic? Seriously? Yeah well, see, that pretty much “washes away” any sympathy I have for the offended pagans. It’s not that I have no regard for their religion, but if they’re so openly and proudly obtuse they honestly believe they can conjure rain (and out of retribution, no less), then I can’t think of a more fitting symbol to paint near their beloved monument than Homer Simpson, the proudest idiot of them all.

Maybe FOX should have painted Homer without the tighty-whities.

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25 Responses to Huge Horny Guy Gets No Respect

  1. Laurie says:

    Rain magic? I hear Harry Potter's not busy any more, maybe they could call him in to help.

  2. crystal says:

    That pic you posted Kirk is not the best think for me,as a single way TOO HOT to handle woman.Women ,you know,get easily stimulated,just like men,yet one hardly ever hears of that.

  3. faerie~wings says:

    OMG I am laughing SO hard!

  4. Emmi says:

    LOL I do think this was a funny prank.
    To be fair, Kirk, dear, I was a Pagan for many years (still celebrate solstices) so I can sympathize with them. Catholics would not like their precious churches or statues defaced, even if the "paint" washed away with rain. Pagans create their altars outside because they worship Nature.
    Whether or not they can create rain is besides the point. They see the connection as spiritual. It's completely harmless. They are peaceful and as far as I'm concerned with so many religious nutjobs of ALL faiths it's good just to be nonviolent.
    I do think the Homer symbol is funny. Funnier if they had created it farther away, though.

  5. CrowSeer says:

    As a local (Dorset born and bred) you can imagine how proud I am that we are now being associated with the sort of people who'd talk about calling down rain from the sky using the magical power of dance. Probably the same way that American country folk feel when they watch those horror films about inbred mutants killing wry cityfolk. "Y'ain't from around here, are ya boy?"
    Fact is that this region's economy depends to a huuuuge extent on tourism, and a giant fricking Homer would be quite a draw. We have had a lot of rain lately though, so he's probably gone now. Flooding all across Britain has led to several deaths, and left many families homeless… so if there was a rain dance, these Pagans have a lot to answer for…

  6. Kirk says:

    I certainly mean no disrespect to the pagan religions. I made even more fun of Christians who were on board with Pat Robertson's assertions that God was striking people down with AIDS and war out of retribution for sin (though this was back before I was blogging). I just think it's silly whenever any religious group puts themselves on too lofty a pedestal or takes themselves too seriously. Seems antithetical to the point of religion. The "rain magic" thing just ruins any valid points they may have tried to make, that's all I'm saying. How am I supposed to take it seriously?I definitely understand the spiritual aspect, but in the end, it's just a symbol. If their religious feathers can be so easily ruffled, then I suspect they have larger issues than a temporary drawing of a fat guy with a donut.Forgive me if I offended you, Maya. *weak smile*

  7. Kirk says:

    You know, I actually thought about asking you what you thought of the whole affair, since you're just a stone's throw from the action. Your views here are pretty much what I expected. "Screw the drowning people! This giant Homer is f*cking important!"

  8. CrowSeer says:

    In fairness to Pagans (and I've been known to celebrate the odd solstice myself) The Sun is not the most reliable source for hard facts. This is a "newspaper" that devotes its entire third page to photographs of topless women. They aren't exactly at the cutting edge of journalistic excellence…

  9. Emmi says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Kirk. I do think that defacing a "sacred" area is childish and disrespectful. The Homer image would have been just as funny somewhere else. People should just learn to respect peaceful diversity.
    But I'm not in the least bit offended by your post. After all, you didn't draw it, did you? Or DID you? Hmmmmm……….LOL.

  10. Kirk says:

    You make a very good point, Dee. Here, is this better? :PAlso, according to the never-wrong Wikipedia, "The Pagan Federation subsequently distanced themselves from a mis-quote by an un-named tabloid concerning the supposed rain dance…"

  11. Cortadito says:

    Is it me or does anyone else think that Homer looks like he's about to play a really sick game of ring toss?

  12. crystal says:

    And people in Britain buy The Sun just for the topless page,I venture to guess.When I lived in Jersey,that's an island between France and Britain,I used to buy the Sun,I guess I wanted to compare my breasts to the topless model's,as I LOVED the men and I am as straight as they come.

  13. Kirk says:

    "Is it me or does anyone else think that Homer looks like he's about to play a really sick game of ring toss?"Ha! I actually had that little bit in the back of my mind as I wrote the post, but never got around to fitting it in. Think I'll add it as the image's caption.I was going to make a joke about how donuts don't have holes big enough for me to give an accurate answer to your question, but then I realized I'd be breaking the First Rule of Machismo. So, nevermind. 🙂

  14. crystal says:

    Now,Cortadito,be careful what you say,some women have sexual addictions and your words are not helping any.They need to have sex all the time,and just a picture,a word or sex noises will drive them mad.

  15. Emmi says:

    And an ironic newspaper name to boot, considering the subject LOL 😉

  16. Yeah, the Pagans interviewed are a bit nutty, but I can kind of understand their irritation. What do you think the reaction would be if Fox had decided to erect a giant Homer with arms outstretched in Brazil next to the statue of Christ the Redeemer? Or, taking religion out of the picture entirely, if they'd decided to place Homer's head next to the existing carvings on Mount Rushmore – even if it were just for a week or two? While I think it's amusing (have you seen the animated GIF ring-toss version?) it's also crass commercialisation at its lowest.

  17. Cortadito says:

    Good points, EWQ, though I enjoy Homer so much they could put him next to anything and I'd still think it was funny (but your point on crass commercialization is very valid). I added you to my neighborhood if only for the fact that you pointed out the animated GIF (well also because I enjoyed your Vox!).

  18. I have fallen in love with the Homer ring-toss GIF. Now, if Fox had managed to put an animated Homer next to Cerne I would have been suitably impressed! In fact, the moment they manage to make animated tattoos that's what I'm getting.

  19. Kirk says:

    Gah, I hope I'm not offending all my VOX peeps. I really did intend for it to be about the "you had me and then you lost me" feeling I got from the news story. I totally understood their irritation with the publicity stunt, but then lost all concern when the one spokesperson started talking about rain magic. At that point, Homer suddenly seemed completely appropriate.I'm with Cortadito; I'd find Homer hilarious no matter what they did with him, though of course I realize people have little to no sense of humor when it comes to things they hold sacred.And thanks for the .gif link, EWQ. It's perfect. I love it.

  20. I can assure you I wasn't offended! I hope I didn't imply that I was. I
    liked seeing another perspective on the issue – especially when I read
    your statement "Evidently, it’s considered disrespectful by some to acknowledge the
    17th century carving’s existence in any way other than gawking at it in
    breathless awe or tearful reverence."
    I think I'm too used to treating all art as being above reproach so
    it's good to be reminded that sometimes the emperor needs to put some
    clothes on!

  21. arbed says:

    apparently a lot of infertile couples sneak out to have sex near the fertility god – I didn't read your news story links, but when I read about this a few days (or how ever long) ago, my favourite part was when there was a mention of how fox was promoting it by saying "do it in the doughnut"

  22. Kirk says:

    "…my favourite part was when there was a mention of how fox was promoting it by saying "do it in the doughnut"Ha! Awesome. If I feared I was infertile and wanted the help of the giant fertility god, I think the best place I could find to do it would be somewhere in this area. 😀

  23. arbed says:

    you'd do it on a giant pair of scissors??:-P

  24. AmyH says:

    I heard about this on the radio so thanks for the pics! Hilarious. And yes, I'm a good church-going liberal gal and I would have laughed if there was a Homer the Redeemer statue in Brazil or something similar.
    I think a big Homer King Kong would have been great on the Eiffel Tower. Oh, the possibilities are endless!

  25. Oh I LOVE the Homer Kong idea, AmyH!

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