Saturday, November 29, 2014

Deja Vu Christmas: The Pink Cow Is Still In The Creche?

Pink: November 2014
I am often baffled by the indifference of mankind to its own foibles. Not that I believe things could ever get all that much better, mind you. I'm hardly that naive. After all, we are an infinitely fallible variety of creature, and it would take the act of a remarkably benign creator to actually care enough to rescue us from a mess that we are helpless to do much if anything about.

And when you consider the infinite size and immense scope of the universe, and our truly insignificant and eternally bumbling role in it, this makes any acts of mercy even more remarkable. I cannot for the life of me imagine why any being having such ineffable powers would even want to bother with us. Certainly there must be far more interesting things for the Master of the Universe to do.

So much for my religious illiteracy. But there is something happening in Sierra Madre of spiritual significance that I can wrap my head around. And that is the continued presence of the pink cow in the Kersting Court creche. We posted an article about the original appearance of this vividly colored bovine in the Nativity Scene back on December 23, 2013, and assumed it would have had enough of an effect that natural earth tones in the form of paint would be brought to bear and things returned to what they had always been.

The picture in the upper left hand side of this post was taken just a few days ago. It shows our unfortunate creche cow, back where it was first spotted last year, and still colored a shocking pink.

We're not quite sure what to do here. Maybe someone could form a subcommittee for Friends of the Arts. Call it Friends of the Pink Cow, perhaps. Mission Statement: raise enough money to paint him brown and restore his dignity. All donations are tax deductible. Yes, we do take VISA. Think pink thoughts.

What follows is the story we told last year about our Nativity Scene's shocking Pink Cow. I guess we'll just have to keep telling this one until things finally get put right.

What's Up With the Pink Cow in the Nativity Scene? (Dec 23, 2013): This will be a story told in 4 photographs. An alert and not especially happy resident of our fine community stopped by my house Saturday morning with some pictures related to the creche (or nativity scene if you prefer) currently set up in the park at Kersting Court. The complaint being the inclusion of a bright pink cow.


Picture 1: This was taken in 2008, and before the pink deed was done. If you look to the lower right, you will see the creche cow in question, seated placidly behind the long nose of one of the camels. It is a very traditional look for this kind of statuary, and how our cow had appeared for quite some years.


Picture 2: We now flash forward to Sierra Madre's 2012 4th of July Parade. This was the part of that event belonging to the Friends of the Arts. You can see what appears to be our cow from the 2008 creche, but looking decidedly different. She has been painted shocking pink, with her horns now a shining gold. To me this depiction is reminiscent of the Biblical tale of Moses and the Golden Calf.


Picture 3: Situated behind the cow from our community creche were signs that exhorted us to "think pink cow." I do not know what was actually meant by this. Maybe it is an absurdist art statement? Having gone to a state college, I can kind of get that. Certainly it does have a derivative Ubu Roi sort of Dada feel.


Picture 4: This photo was taken just last Friday. It shows our pink cow back in the creche and awaiting the arrival of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, it is still painted prison holding cell pink, and now wears false oversized eyelashes as well. Making her look a little bit like a tramp.

So here are my observations. I hope that this was not intended to be some sort of misguided mockery of Sierra Madre's traditional Christmas Nativity Scene. The manger scene has religious significance for many in our town. Last evening the Candlelight Walk took place, and many of this community's most devout believers solemnly marched down Baldwin Avenue and to this very site.

I am not certain that having a tarted up pink painted version of our once traditional creche cow in this year's Nativity Scene is quite what those who participated in this walk would have hoped to see upon their arrival.

Perhaps there is an intended message in this somewhere. If so, I am sure that in its proper place this could be discussed and perhaps even appreciated. I understand that. But I don't think Sierra Madre's Christmas Creche in Kersting Court is that place.

It also makes me wonder what has become of this town. We seem to be careening out of control lately.

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40 comments:

  1. I guess the leaders and members of the Christian denominations in town are ok with this bit of disrespect. Do they think it's cute?

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    1. Probably not. They also won't lift a finger to stop it.

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    2. If the Christinn chruches in town don't care enough about it, I'd say forget about it. That's why Christianity is on the downswing and why the folks at the Monastery are selling their land. If you don't stand for something than you stand for everything.

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  2. So many fuddy-duddies in this town. I think the Pink Cow is great. Unless you want to embalm Neil the Pig and get him up there too.

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    1. I'm sorry, but cows are brown. Pigs are pink. And I suspect you are as well. Perhaps you should crawl in there.

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    2. Its more like why the change. Why now? But for the people that did it, let's see what their reason is. I suspect its deeper than just being kind of a funny thing to do.

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    3. It is a show of disrespect for Christianity. Take a can of spray paint to their next art show and see how they like it.

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  3. I don't get why this "statement" is being made in the town center's nativity scene, as though everyone is in on the joke.

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  4. I think it should be looked into. If someone is trying to make a statement that is probably not the place to do it. Unfortunately, I suspect someone is using that pink calf to make the statement, "Don't pay attention to Christmas or the birth of Christ, but pay attention to this silly pink calf. If that is the intention, that would be very unfortunate. Based on that picture of it being carried in a parade, someone knows something about it and the reasons for it. Let's see if anyone has an explanation.
    I suspect its all part of the same thing. Let's change Sierra Madre whether its tearing down older character homes and building McMansions or putting a pink calf in a Christmas creche. I'd like to know who did it and why. I hope the battles we hear about elsewhere in this regard are not coming to Sierra Madre.

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  5. Why don't the Pink Cowiites get a permit to erect their own display?

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    1. Maybe the city fees for pink cows are less.

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  6. It does make a mockery o the crèche doesn't it? If it's supposed to be making a statement, doesn't one née to know what the tempest is? Or are we to assume or guess? The eyelashes are a bit much, especially noticing the cow could use a little Botox. What will be next? A gay magi? A veteran sheep? A baby Jesus advertising no inoculations? A lactating Mary? A gluten intolerant Joseph? Or a car ad remarking how the donkey (or ass, as you will) has become archaic? The list is endless!

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  7. It's a breast cancer awareness reference. Where have you been for the last 5 years?

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    1. I am not certain that a pink cow in a nativity scene with big hooker eyelashes is improving peoples' awareness of this important issue. It just comes off as being snotty.

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    2. Cows have udders, 8:20.

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    3. Duh! To 8:20. You missed the point!

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    4. I have nothing against breast awareness, but is a nativity scene really the place you want to make that statement. The next thing you know we'll see a statemenet about erectile dysfunction with some giant phallus stuffed into the scene. It all kind of distracts from the message a bit, don't you think?

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    5. The bizarre emphasis on ED is not really like an emphasis on cancer awareness, don't you think?

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  8. Why didn't they just paint it gold and call it Baal?

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  9. NOTHING in that display says breast cancer awareness!!!!!! It is just wrong.

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  10. In the Book of Daniel is a reference to a Red Heifer. In Daniel 12:10, God tells Daniel that in the last days, "many shall be purified and made white"; a reference to the purification ritual of the Red Heifer, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" (Isa 1:18, Num 19:6). The analogy appears to relate to a partner of the returning End Time messiah.

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    1. What does Daniel tell us about the pink heifer?

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    2. The Pink Heifer tells us the waters shalt run yellow.

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  11. The "Buck" now accepts credit cards!! What's next Pink cows McMansions and traffic lights?

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    1. If the Buc is taking credit cards then these are the end times.

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    2. What department in the City puts up that creche. I'd like to see if I can paint some of the figurines in my choice of colors.

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  12. Just for the hell of it, I'm going to blame Nancy Walsh for the pink calf. She was so off her rocker at that recent City Council meeting that she just might have painted it pink.

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    1. I believe Nancy is still associated with Friends of the Arts.

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  13. Just drove by the Camillo monstrosities. I am amazed that the city allowed that. It so clearly violates the General Plan. Also amazing - if the next door property owners to the south and the north don't sue the city and make it (us) pay top dollar for their homes, which are now completely without privacy, air and light....if you haven't seen it, it's really worth a look. Camillo 2 houses north from Grandview.

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  14. This is a hijacking of the Nativity scene. It is NOT an art show. I find it disgusting to see the king in the original plaster, as well as another statue in another stage of being painted. Then of course we have the statues recently painted that are now chipping paint as they were painted before they were properly sealed.
    This is all outrageous.
    Who is in charge of the Nativity scene?
    Now we have a pink cow being elevated for adoration in a parade , then placed in the Creche?...give me a break!
    Are there any Christians out there who oppose this nonsense?

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    1. The Creche needs to taken over by thr Churches.

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    2. I agree and on their property not city property. The city should be religion neutral. It's a law BTW..............

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  15. I think the nativity scene should be put up at the congregational church. They own half the town, are very intolerant,hateful and self righteous they would keep the heathens out.The city should put a a Holiday Season display like The cat in the hat or something not as offensive and controversial as pink cows and jesus.

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    1. I think we've found our cow painter.

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    2. The Pink Cow should be donated to Mother Moo Creamery to replace the one that was stolen by drunks from Lucky Baldwins.

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    3. I think that one was white with black circles.

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    4. Are we sure they were drunk, 4:23? They might have just had a buzz on.

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  16. I wish the creators of the pink cow would just be forthright and say why they've done it.

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  17. Hah!!!
    I just find it hilarious that everyone has to hide behind Anonymous whilst commenting!

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