Of Course, 'Beast Jesus' Painter Deserves Royalties ... for Christ's Sake! (VIDEO)

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jesus frescoWhat do 7-year-old Honey Boo Boo of Georgia and 81-year-old Cecilia Gimenez of Borja, Spain, have in common? They both want mo' money, mo' money, mo' money! That's right! You remember Gimenez, right? She's the amateur artist who infamously decided to restore a 120-year-old fresco of Jesus at her local church, transforming the painting from Ecce Homo ("Behold the Man") to Ecce Mono ("Behold the Monkey"). Also known as "Beast Jesus" and/or "Planet of the Apes Jesus," the restoration (for lack of a better word) initially irked the pastor at Sanctuary of Mercy church, who claims the work was unsolicited.

But wouldn't you know it? The story went viral, turning Gimenez into a sort of folk art heroine. Before long, Beast Jesus was bigger than ... um, Jesus. Crowds of curious visitors descended upon the town (you'd think that church was turning water into wine or something!).

So naturally, the Sanctuary of Mercy started charging admission. Hey, waaaaait a second ...

Wasn't it Jesus who freaked out on the money changers in the temple and flipped over their tables and drove them out with a whip and all that? Also, I'm pretty sure he used to say stuff like, "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come and follow me."

Anywho, when Gimenez heard the church was making a profit on HER masterpiece (2,000 euros in just the first four days!), she got mad. (Just like you-know-who in the temple!) She demanded royalties. (Which Jesus has never done, just for the record.)

And you know what I think? I think she deserves royalties! I think Jesus would GIVE TO THE POOR (old lady). Cause this other time, I'm pretty sure he said something like, "Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth."

Yup, the Messiah didn't mince words when it came to this stuff. Another example: "Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days."

Hmmm. Blessed are the 47 percent, apparently. And little old ladies with questionable eyesight, of course.

Do you think Cecelia Gimenez deserves royalties for her "Beast Jesus" painting?

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Mindy... Mindymama

Beast Jesus can never be more than Jesus. Pls note that.

tmrvi... tmrvica1225

She RUINED that painting!!! Shame on this woman for thinking she deserves a dime! And so what if the church is charging admission?! If it goes back into the church, then consider it charity.  

NatAndCo NatAndCo

They are charging for access to the church....I'm not even religious and i find that wrong.

SickO... SickOfMorons

That was a priceless work that she made to look like a cross between a monkey and a pancake. She doesn't deserve a damn thing!

annis... annismom10

That al fresco was beautiful. Moving. She destroyed it. She doesn't deserve money, she deserves to be jailed, at the very least fined. So often we treat the elderly the way we would a child, like they don't know better. They are adults!! If anything they should know better than most. That women knew she was painting over the face of christ. It's not like she filled a few paint holes in on his clothing. The whole original is gone.

prinz... prinzesa_edith

I agree with the above comments

Deann... Deanna2872

Nooooo- she should not receive any money. Hopefully they are putting that money aside for repairs on the church and to have that fresco restored by a professional. I'm sure her intentions were good, but her abilities were not. It needs to be corrected, the sooner the better.

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