Artwork showing Santa crucified sparks outrage in NYC (picture)

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People in New York City were outraged Sunday after seeing a painting of a crucified Santa Claus outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The artist is Robert Cenedella, and his “artwork” displays Santa hanging on a cross with wrapped presents at his feet.

Cenedella had moved the painting to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, outside the cathedral, after it was removed from a Manhattan gallery.

New York City Councilman Joe Borelli, R-Staten Island, said Cenedella’s painting threatened to ruin Christmas. “You have to be a real piece of crap to try to ruin Christmas for children and families coming out of Mass,” he said. “For shame!”

Cenedella responded by telling the New York Post that his painting “has been considered controversial from the outset but for the wrong reasons.”

He explained that his painting was more of a metaphor about “how commercialism has really taken over what’s one of the more religious events in history.”

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