Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Buddy Christ Does Baghdad

Buddy Christ

Back tomorrow on cities but couldn’t pass this up. Just too funny.

Saw a news story on CNN about a US military action yesterday against suspected militants in Sadr City, a huge Shiite slum in Baghdad.

Once the US troops left and the cameramen and reporters arrived, some of the militants produced a blown up pic obviously downloaded off the internet of “Buddy Christ,” the funny (to me) Jesus figure from the flick “Dogma” a few years back.

Nothing gets lost faster in cultural translation than humor.

The Sadr Army dudes simply didn’t get that Buddy Christ is a satirical joke Jesus meant to stick it funny and sort of rough to American Catholics and not a serious religious icon.

They were spinnin' crudely and trying to convince the reporters that U.S troops had left the picture behind as a ‘religious calling card’ signifying the ‘crusader’ nature of the American occupation.

Gotta believe there were more than a few western reporters laughing out loud afterwards at the local press watering hole in the Green Zone....


Anonymous Jon said...

Believe it or not, when looking up this story I saw a few leftist blogs using it to attack the military for their cultural imperialism and clear conspiracy. Apparently some Americans are as dense on the issue as the Sadr.

(p.s. - apparently they were also showing off what they claimed was a lost copy of US plans for the city, which included massive destruction and widespread kidnapping and rape of Iraqi women)

11:57 PM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

I'm not surprised :^)

12:40 AM  

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