Thursday, April 9, 2015

'Book of Yeezus' is a Mockery Gone Too Far

"The Book of Yeezus" is a mockery of the Bible.
Look what you can get at Etsy. (Etsy.com)
In what seems like a late April Fool's Day joke, a new “version” of the Bible is making headlines: “The Book of Yeezus.” That's right, Kanye West has his own Bible that you can own for just $20.

The only good news about this story is that West had nothing to do with the novelty item. It was created by “three entrepreneurial brothers with a special interest in mass-society and its effects on our worldview and imagination” and offered through Etsy.com. Why Etsy, known for selling artsy and crafty items, would like to be associated with the book is mystery.

“What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society?,” says the website. “What would it look like? What we came up with was an interventionist art, coffee-table novelty, that will appeal to both Kanye fans everywhere and those made curious by this enormous cultural phenomenon.” The website continues to explain what the book is all about: “At it’s simplest, it is the book of Genesis, modified to feature “Kanye” or “Yeezus” in the place of God or Y---A. 'In the beginning Kanye created the heaven and the earth… And Kanye said, Let there be light: and there was light.'”

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