Gay actor too flamboyant for Easter Sunday parades

Gay actor too flamboyant for Easter Sunday parades March 27, 2016

For years Ramón Fossati, above, has been adding a touch of flamboyance to his role as Jesus in traditional Spanish Easter parades, but it all became too much for the authorities in Valencia who have now banned him from participating.
According to this report, Fossati says he was told he could not perform the role until Easter Sunday, 2019, because he exposed a naked shoulder and waved his arms in an “ostentatious” way last year.
The Junta Mayor de Semana Santa Marinera, which governs the brotherhoods in Valencia which organise the Holy Week celebrations, accused Fossati of “ostentation and parody” and appearing to give “false blessings” to the crowd.
But Fossati insists he was merely waving to the crowd and that his costume had been modelled on traditional religious paintings which showed Jesus bare shouldered.
He had modified it so it only had bare one shoulder because he feared exposing both would be considered too risque.
He was originally fined €300 (£237) following the parade last year but it was reduced to €60 (£47) on appeal and he was banned from the parade by the Santísimo Cristo del Salvador brotherhood.

Fossati says he was not given a reason for the ban but that he suspected it was because he is gay.
He said:

It could be jealousy. Or maybe it was punishment for being gay. But everyone where I live knows my sexual orientation and it is not an issue. I am deeply religious and this is the worst thing that could happen.

Easter processions are strictly regulated by religious authorities in Spain to prevent too much flesh being exposed or inappropriate religious gestures.
Women have been fined in the past for showing cleavage or wearing dresses above the knee.
They are usually asked to wear black dresses and a headdress known as a mantilla to the parades.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • AgentCormac

    Why is he deeply religious? His church despises him for being who he is.

  • Stuart H.

    “Ostentatious”….. “Flamboyant”?
    Since when did “Less is more” ever apply to a Catholic parade? Somebody in Valencia been taking a few tips from the Saudi fashion police?

  • barriejohn

    Stuart H: I couldn’t think of the appropriate response to all this nonsense, but you’ve put your finger right on it!
    Flamboyant? What, me?

  • Barry Duke

    Speaking of Jesus, some wag posted this to my Facebook page today

  • Vanity Unfair

    This topped in about 2012 when, presumably, the compiler could take no more.

  • AgentCormac

    And Frankie can always play ruff on the costume front.

  • AgentCormac

    OT, but here we go again: ‘my god is better than your god, and if you don’t like I’m going to blow your women and children to smithereens’. Religion – what a beautiful, wonderful thing it is.

  • I’m sure there’s an innocent explanation for why Jesus was in the company of a naked man when he was arrested. And an innocent explanation for Secret Mark…

  • Brian Jordan

    Who fined him (and the women mentioned)? On what authority?

  • barriejohn

    Brian Jordan: It does seem rather odd, but the article states who they were. One thing that you can be certain of is that, if you are enjoying yourself, somewhere there is some religious person who thinks that you should be punished for that!

  • tonye

    So the authorities have banned Fossati from portraying Christ because he is gay?
    Yet these same people worship a Christ who (in their bible) remained unmarried, at a time when everyone was expected to marry young, and hung about with 12 burly male friends?
    And they cannot see the link………………..?

  • Peter Sykes

    “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” – H.L. Mencken

  • Peter Sykes

    “You don’t have to be religious to be a reactionary bigot, but it sure does help.” – Anonymous

  • A lot of Spain is still controlled by the Opus Dei, far right wing catholic establishment. Believe me that this story is only one from many similar ones. Spanish coorporations and business that have moslty exisited since the Franco times are still controlled by such establishments, and therefore, to this day are able to do what they want since the courts, military and
    Police also are influenced and financed by them. Therefore, there are many people in Spain with the same issue and no one is going to stand by you. Believe me i lived in Spain 4 years and that was enough. So yes this guy has been let down by his country and his belief but what else can he do really if his life has always been in Spain with its culture. Civil wars can easily be sparked eventually!

  • Cali Ron

    barriejohn: That’s a lovely dress the pope has on there, very flamboyant, in fact I think it rates as ostentatious. The usual hypocrisy. If your part of the clergy and like young boys it’s fine, but heaven forbid an actor portraying Christ be gay.
    Peter Sykes: Very amusing quotes.
    “If it feels good, it must be a sin.” Adapted from Frank Rose who wrote “If it feels good it must be bad”

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Women have been fined […] for wearing dresses above the knee.
    So, what should they wear above the knee – Bermuda shorts?

  • Matthew Carr

    I assume Jesus wore a three-piece suit? I know, burkas for everyone!

  • Cali Ron

    CoastalMaineBird: Their modesty, of course! And a catholic approved chastity belt!