Friday, June 10, 2005

A Chip Off the Old God?

I always would have assumed the Big J.C. was more of a Dead Sea salt and vinegar kind of guy, but the latest news from the St. Petersburg Times proves me wrong:

Rosalie and Jerry Lawson have an eye for collectibles. Their home in Shore Acres is filled with family heirlooms, holiday displays, Gone with the Wind memorabilia, reproductions of Chrysler's PT Cruiser.

They're no strangers to religious iconography. The couple are active Episcopalians - Jerry Lawson's father, the Very Rev. LeRoy Lawson, was the first dean of St. Peter's Cathedral.

One Valentine's Day, her brother found a heart-shaped potato chip, but no one in the family had ever seen what emerged from a bag of Lay's sour cream and onion potato chips a couple of weeks ago: an oval measuring roughly 1-1/2 inches in diameter, in which Rosalie Lawson saw the image of Jesus Christ.

Slogan: "The Holy Trinity Chip - Bet You Can't Eat Just One!"

Perhaps this chip explains the distance the apostles try to give Him in the depictions of The Last Supper--Christ might be the messiah, but oh, that onion breath! Of course I'm assuming He would only choose to appear on a chip He would prefer to eat, which could be erroneous thinking on my part, having never been the son of God, let alone immortalized on snack food.

Or perhaps Lays, a subsdiary of PepsiCo, is merely going for all the heavy hitters to endorse its products, both the Lord and Arnold Schwarzenegger. You did hear about this wonderful item from the world of political payback:

The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) called on Schwarzenegger to return the quarter-million dollars he received from companies featured in the ad, and for the corporations to pay the market value of the advertising to the state because it is improper for the governor to use public office to sell corporate products.

The TV ad, released in May, features Schwarzenegger talking to people in a lunchroom, and places Pepsi and Arrowhead Water in prominent spots next to the governor for one-third of the ad.

Donors connected to Pepsi Co. and Arrowhead Water's parent company, Nestle, gave the governor a total of $279,800 in campaign contributions. Also recognizable on-screen are Ruffles, Sun Chips, Cheetos and a SoBe Beverage, all brands owned by Pepsi.

Of course, Arnold perhaps is just being kind and with a casual "let them eat chips!" pointing out the only foods that public workers will be able to afford in Caleefornyah once he's done demonizing unions (who are special interests) so he can defend his rich friends (who have the same interests as Arnold, and therefore are just normal folk).

In the meantime, snacking might be a holy moment. Remember He is everwhere, perhaps in your lunch box, or at your tailgate, or heading to your pooch's mouth as a reward for at last learning that trick.


Blogger Lori said...

The image actually bears a greater resemblance to the continent of Africa, if you ask me. Perhaps J.C. was making a social commentary on the AIDS epidemic when he ever-so-wisely formed a potato chip in his own image and likeness? You know Jesus, with all his "mysterious ways" and stuff.

What a bunch of fucking morons.

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