Recently I got exposed to a 2014 calendar where nude models dress up as ‘Orthodox’ priests and transformed rituals into steamy scenes between very muscular males. The boys behind the ‘Orthodox Calendar 2014′ calendar express their hope that is will promote an understanding of gay marriage since as they say “it is in the news all the around the world and very timely.”
Male Models Play ‘Priests’ in New 2014 2014 Calendar
The calendar creators say “‘A great gift for people who like illustrations, artwork, artistic photography, and controversial art in their decor. These pictures will definitely bring you hope, joy and comfort.”
The ‘OC’ Orthodox Calendar was created in 2012 and while it doesn’t feature actual priests, it does showcase gay-friendly models who are members of the ‘Orthodox Church.’ These delicious models have strip down for the sensual scenes because they believe “in the freedom of speech, tolerance, equality and human rights.”
The team behind the calendar wants to make one point very clear “this product is not intended to be used for religious purposes. It is a work of artistic expression and political and social commentary promoting the modernity and dynamism of persons involved in the Orthodox Church.”
The calendar’s website states “‘demonstrate that Orthodox believers do not all fit the backward, hidebound stereotype portrayed in the press but rather are regular people with passions, preferences, interests and desires. At the same time, the calendar takes an ironic approach to the Orthodox Church itself, which in recent years has been embroiled in corruption scandals, artist repression, gay sex cover-ups, outrageous behavior and homophobia.”
One statement on the calendar’s site says “Some called them terrorists; some did not bother to react. The coolest reaction was from the Greek Patriarchy, who declared ”they did not approve but understand it could be appreciated by creative people and minorities”.
As a work of art the calendar’s use of vibrant colors, an a clearly homoerotic narrative puts on it the level of works from celebrity photographer David LaChapelle and French artists Pierre & Gilles.
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