I found this story
today by weird coincidence, while doing a search on "super tube"+"art poster" (those black-and-white drawings you color in with markers.) I guess google flagged it on "tube" and "poster." Turns out that the poster art for Gavin Davis's play Fat Christ
was banned from London tube stations for being "blasphemous" and in generally bad taste.
The play, interestingly, is "based, in part, on a person who auditioned for the play Jesus Christ Super Star and was told he was too fat to be given the part."
I'm not sure exactly what is supposed to be offensive in this poster. After all, most Western art shows Christ as a light-haired, light-skinned man (not as an olive-skinned, well-tanned Middle-Easterner with curly black hair - although that would be more realistic.)
Perhaps it's the boxers. But religious paintings in the Renaissance showed religious figures dressed in contemporary clothes (for the day.) Nothing new there. Would it have been less offensive if he'd been wearing swim trunks?
Or ... drum roll ... is it because the Christ figure is fat? Is the fatness of the male model really the offensive element here? Spiked's Nathalie Rothschild thinks so
Perhaps suggesting that Jesus suffered from slow metabolism or indulged in fatty food is the ultimate form of blasphemy these days, when obesity is seen as a mortal sin.
Where the London censors really miss the point is that in Christian theology, Christ came to save all - but definitely "sided" with the downtrodden, those who were at the bottom of society, who were oppressed for all sorts of reasons. Certainly in the UK, especially, fat people are experiencing oppression - like being denied surgery, fertility treatments, etc. on account of their weight. Children deemed "too fat" are being removed from their parents' custody. So it's not surprising, that a fat Christ would be thrown off the tube, so to speak.
Further, Isaiah 53:2-3 tells us that Christ was not beautiful or remarkable in appearance.
He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
While I disagree with the idea that a fat Jesus is "ugly," the *expectation* that any visual representation of Christ should adhere to conventional standards of "beauty" (which includes thinness or "buffness") contradicts what is directly said about Christ himself.