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Beyoncé takes over Jesus in Last Supper Instagram photo, sparks outrage

Published: Friday, Jan. 3 2014 12:05 p.m. MST

Beyonce performs onstage on her Mrs. Carter World Tour, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. She has generated controversy with a recent Instagram picture.

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Beyoncé finished 2013 on a kind note.

But she’s starting 2014 with controversy.

The 32-year-old singer recently posted an Instagram photo that showed her posing in front of Jesus in a picture of “The Last Supper,” according to The Huffington Post.

While media and commentators believed she was posing in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper" painting, it soon came to light that she was actually posing on a Miami-based juice bar, “which features an Andy Warhol mural of "The Last Supper" with camouflage,” The Huffington Post reported.

But Beyoncé has been under fire for the photo. The American Family Association released a statement that said Beyoncé was wrong in posting that photo and posing in that position.

“Is nothing sacred anymore?” asked Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association, according to the AFA’s statement. “This is clearly an act of disrespect towards Jesus Christ, whom Beyoncé covers up with her pose. This had to be done intentionally. However, you will not see the media condemn her for offending Christians in the same way they did Phil Robertson for offending homosexuals because there is a double-standard. Christians are the only group in America you can bash with impunity.”

Even Beyoncé’s fans spoke out against her posing in front of the image. The Daily Mirror revealed some of the comments left under the pop singer’s Instagram photo.

"In her interviews she repeatedly claimed to be a Christian so for her to take a pic like this, of course Christians are upset. It is very disrespectful and of poor taste. She is always so deliberate about the image she portrays so she had to have some idea of this impact," said one fan, according to The Daily Mirror.

While some started calling Beyoncé “Beysus,” other followers and fans said Beyoncé would never be their savior, according to New York Daily News.

"Looks like the Last Supper, instead of Jesus its Beyoncé. Ummm epic fail boo," wrote user @deasiray. "Jesus Christ is my savior, not you. Besides that, I love Beyoncé, but you will never be God."

But Beyonce isn’t the first celebrity to be denounced for posing in a religious environment. In October, pop star Rihanna was allegedly asked to leave an Abu Dhabi mosque because of an Instagram photo she posted, according to Deseret News.

Earlier this week, Beyoncé was also criticized for using audio from The Challenger, a NASA space shuttle that crashed in 1986, in one of her last songs, “XO,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Challenger accident is an important part of our history, a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized," NASA said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "NASA works every day to honor the legacy of our fallen astronauts as we carry out our mission to reach for new heights and explore the universe."

Email: hscribner@deseretnews.com

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