Statue In Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels Wondering Why Everyone Keeps Laughing At It

January 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Libs & Trads, Uncategorized

Los Angeles, CA––The Virgin Mary statue at the entrance of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles announced today that it was becoming evermore frustrated and frankly rather confused by the amount of mockery it has received since it was first created. The 8-foot-tall, modern representation of the Virgin Mary told Eye of the Tiber that ever since it was created in 2002, it has been the butt of jokes, scoffs, and laughs by visitors who pass it, despairingly adding that it has oftentimes wished it could just call in sick. “I guess I’m just more confused than anything else,” the statue said from its station above a pair of bronze doors. “Of course I’ve never looked at myself, but I’m a statue of the Virgin Mary, you know? How bad can I look? People stare at me as though I look like some kind of veilless Jedi with a boy-cut or something.”

  • International Marian Statue Workers’ Union

    The Marian Statue stationed in the Ely Cathedral (Ely, Grand Britannia) expressed its sympathy to its fellow worker in LA.

    http://www.elypeople.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275642/Article/images/15096033/3508864.png

    The International Marian Statue Worker’s Union had issued a statement declaring that “it is in situations like this, when our fellow worker is being treated as less then serious, that the principle of solidarity is required”.

    • secondeve

      At least she has a flowing mane of golden hair.

      • scook

        I think she belongs at Notre Dame next to touchdown Jesus.

  • Mimi

    Same with this one at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in Washington, DC. It’s Broadway Mary! http://www.stmatthewscathedral.org/docs/029-4495.jpg

    • http://LayEvangelist.com Gomer

      Broadway Mary! Now that is classical art at its best.

    • Donald

      Wow, it’s like West Side Story Mary. When your a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way from your first cigarette til your last dying day.

    • http://manwithblackhat.blogspot.com David L Alexander

      Are you kidding? The statue at St Matthew’s is a brilliant work of Baroque influence, the lack of a cliché-ridden devotional posture notwithstanding. Reminds me of the Bernini’s statue of Teresa of Avila in ecstasy. In any case, there is simply no comparison to that iconoclasm in LA.

      • Cindy Coleman

        It may be a brilliant piece of Baroque inspiration….but if the message it gives to the everyday Catholic that views it is “Broadway Mary” then the “brilliance” is lost. To my 2013 view, the name “Broadway Mary” is a keeper and describes exactly what the posture of that statue is saying to me. (Good one, Gomer.)

        • Noe

          Mary of St. Matt’s does have me thinking of the punch like to the Jewish joke “How do you get to Broadway?”..

    • Pachri7

      At least her arms and her head are covered! Any woman in the Middle East even in these days would not be caught with their head and arms uncovered (as is the statue at the L.A. Cathedral). And standing on a crescent moon??? This is not Mary, not the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

  • http://bonfx.com dbonneville

    The dress spoke next, saying, “Hi, I was made from a used tube of toothpaste!”

  • http://organic-learning.blogspot.com/ Tracy

    She reminds me of a Weeping Angel. Don’t blink!

    • http://imperfectfollower.blogspot.com NickD

      you blink and your dead!

  • Catholic

    I know this is supposed to be satire, but I don’t get the underlying premise. In order to be satirical, it has to be ridiculing some truth. But why would anyone laugh at this depiction of the Virgin Mary?

    • Luke

      Your comment is either sarcastic in the extreme or completely serious. One of those two options strikes me as trying just a little too hard; the other, however, is even more troubling. Please tell me you aren’t serious? That you don’t actually picture Our Lady as a wannabe-ninja teenaged boy?

  • Dylan

    This statue of Mary and Gabriel in Nazareth would also like to express its concerns.
    http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i97/Caladan1/Nazareth/IMG_4317.jpg

  • Christopher Leo Biddle

    It is a sacrilege for Our Lady to be depicted in a funny, irreverent, confused, or stupid manner.

  • Raymond Gueret

    Now, now. The “Yellow Armadillo” aka the LA Cathedral, needed a statue of a nondescript woman/man statue that may/may not be religious to go with the rest of the “gathering place” that may be used for concerts/meetings/rally’s, or even a religious event.

  • Deb Parise
  • Salvelinus

    HaHA – Classic – “wannabe-ninja teenaged boy”…

  • ab

    actually, it looks like a cross between David Bowie and Sandra Bullock.

  • Montague

    Actually, the crescent moon makes sense, since at the time of Christ’s birth, the moon was a new moon below virgo (at least by one theory which I have yet to be seen disproved). Also looks like a ship. A ship is good.

    The clothes and the hair, on the other hand… I mean, she looks like a convict or something, not the Theotokos!

  • JoFro

    What’s wrong with her standing on the crescent moon? This connects her to the Book of Revelation!