Irate Christian conservatives are charging superstar singer Beyoncé with blasphemy for superimposing herself over the image of Jesus in a contemporary reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper," then posting it on Instagram, The Wire reported.
Beyoncé, who sometimes goes by the moniker Beysus, posed in front of an Andy Warhol reproduction of "The Last Supper" for a picture snapped a week ago at a Miami juice bar.
Since the post, she's been condemned by the religious right as well as her fans.
"Is nothing sacred anymore? This is clearly an act of disrespect towards Jesus Christ, whom Beyoncé covers up with her pose," American Family Association President Tim Wildmon said.
"This had to be done intentionally. However, you will not see the media condemn her for offending Christians in the same way they did Phil Robertson for offending homosexuals because there is a double standard. Christians are the only group in America you can bash with impunity," Wildmon said.
But some fans flocked to her defense.
"OMG all she did was pose in front of a darn picture! Get y'all panties out of your butts and get . . . over it!!! All she did was climb up on that ledge surface or whatever and pose for a pic," one supporter said.
Other Beyonce fans were truly offended by what she did.
"Jesus Christ is my savior, not you. Besides that, I love Beyoncé, but you will never be God," one follower posted, The Wire reported.
Another asked Beyoncé whether she would be willing to give up her life for all of us, as Christians believe Jesus did:
"To everyone, watch the movie of the passion of Christ, I bet you beyounce would not do that for us, for any amount of money," The Wire reported that fan as posting.
Despite the growing controversy, the photo has been "liked" more than 250,000 times.
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