A gay bar in Italy has caused controversy for its alternative version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Hosted by LGBTI group DiverCity, Caffe Verdi’s Easter Thursday gay night is held in the Italian city of Salerno.
The poster features a shirtless tattooed Jesus, surrounded by men making out in their underwear. One of Jesus’ devoted disciples is even receiving oral sex under the table, as the guy next to him removes his toga.
The poster predictably caused an uproar in the town, with local media attacking what they claim as ‘bad taste’.
The deputy coordinator of Forza Italia’s Salerno branch immediately called for the event to be cancelled, out of respect for the local Christian community.
‘The organizers are neither blasphemous, nor “alternative” but simply misplaced and disrespectful,’ said Forza Italia’s Fabio Mammone.
Others took to the Facebook page to criticize the actions.
Hermann Ha wrote: ‘Given the reactions of your own customers, you should quit.’
But Caffe Verdi defended the poster in a statement: ‘We cannot remain silent in front of the multiple media attacks and print media also came to our activities in the past few hours.
‘Like any business, we respect secularism and freedom of expression of each and all!
‘Our doors are always open to all, without distinction of race, sex or religion,’ the press release said.