Thursday, December 30, 2010

Muslims aren't any different than the rest of us

They have incredibly bad taste in overwrought ugly gigantic pieces of shit too!

Just south of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the Muslim world’s holiest site, a kitsch rendition of London’s Big Ben is nearing completion. Called the Royal Mecca Clock Tower, it will be one of the tallest buildings in the world, the centerpiece of a complex that is housing a gargantuan shopping mall, an 800-room hotel and a prayer hall for several thousand people. Its muscular form, an unabashed knockoff of the original, blown up to a grotesque scale, will be decorated with Arabic inscriptions and topped by a crescent-shape spire in what feels like a cynical nod to Islam’s architectural past. To make room for it, the Saudi government bulldozed an 18th-century Ottoman fortress and the hill it stood on.

To mix my religious metaphors, "JESUS CHRIST, what a fucking eyesoar!".

Not just ugly, but derivative. Well, if there's one thing religions good for besides pointless wars, it's spending money on building gigantic buildings displaying how awesome it is to spend it's adherents opposed to feeding and housing the poorer of the believers.

Even as a non-religious type, I find the kaaba kind of awesome in both its grandeur and simplicity...especially considering it's current religious sponsor ripped off a dopey pagan rock the way Christians ripped off a Roman holiday and called it Christmas.

Well, now it is both less grand and more tacky.

Now, every religion has been consistently tacky, I just hate to see more modern updates. And yes, I'm thinking about the Crystal Cathedral or any number of modern megachurches.

So "idolatry" is bad...unless it's really, really in bad taste.


res ipsa loquitur said...

Do you think we should stage an Ugly Building Battle with them?

Michael said...

The picture makes it look like Las Vegas, i.e., the Mandalay Bay Grand Mosque and Kaaba Resort Casino.

pansypoo said...

is gambling allowed? the allen-bradley clock may be smaller, but it's better looking.

Montag said...

Ever since The Great Gatsby, it's become almost a truism that people with obscene amounts of money have very little taste and even less appreciation for art (beyond its investment ability to appreciate).

But, lord, this and some of the hotels being built in Dubai are desperately trying to prove the rule.

Even Howard Roark could have done better, and he was a figment of Ayn Rand's fevered imagination.

Anonymous said...

So, what's the most tasteless Jewish shrine? Buddhist? (I'm afraid to ask about Hindu)

Anonymous said...

who yah going to emulate anymore?
Yogi bear?