I’m not the only one gawking at Morgodo’s Jesus. He inspired the hashtag, “#HotJesus”. It went viral on Twitter. The actor told The New York Times he doesn’t want his looks to distract from the movie, but, “If the message of Jesus was love, hope and compassion, and I can bring that to more people by being a more appealing Jesus, I am happy with that.” – Carol Costello
THE SCREEN capture below from CNN followed a conversation on the network about Jesus in the new film Son of God being “too sexy.” Carol Costello wrote Diogo Morgado is “one hot dude” in a post at CNN.com, then interviewed various religious leaders on the veracity of such a depiction of the son of God.
Hollywood and the producers of Son of God thank you.
Needless to say, the fact that #HotJesus was trending and CNN and Carol Costello were talking about the film flew right over everyone’s head. So did the bonus of the viral chatter, because you can’t buy this kind of marketing!
Now, I don’t want to pick on Carol Costello, but this isn’t the first time she’s made an issue about someone’s sexuality. Not long ago I watched as she cited coverage of the brilliant actor Helen Mirren, who was being talked about in a sexy manner, as Costello opined on why women have to worry about looking sexy. That at a certain age it shouldn’t be the topic. That it’s more important to be known for brains over beauty.
All I could do is shake my head, wondering why we’re still reducing women to either/or instead of applauding that we can be both, including at 60-something, as Helen Mirren proves. This notion evidently bothers Ms. Costello.
This time Costello is questioning whether casting a #HotJesus is a good idea, with others on the network chatting about it, too.
When it comes to religion in the 21st century, I’m on solid ground writing that of all the problems with institutional religious organizations, whether Hollywood casts #HotJesus isn’t the most pressing.
Did you ever wonder where is God’s daughter in all this? …right, he didn’t have one for obvious sexual reasons.