Dylan Chenfeld: Jewish Atheist’s ‘I Met God, She’s Black’ T-Shirt Goes Viral, Sparks Debate About The Image Of God
Dylan Chenfeld has turned a controversial question into a viral fashion statement.
What does God look like? Apparently, the self-declared atheist has his own idea of what God really looks like and his popular slogan, “I Met God, She’s Black,” says it all. Although he’s made it clear that he isn’t the creator of the phrase, he is to be accredited for making it a trend. According to the Huffington Post, Chenfeld has posted flyers with the viral phrase all over Manhattan. The new trend has also taken off via social media in light of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
.@rooftopsnyc in the Bowery. #streetart #streetartnyc #wheatpaste #graffiti #Graf #NYCstreetart #NYC by markpanz… pic.twitter.com/ZjwSpAK2Ps
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The 21-year-old’s T-shirt has even evolved into an upcoming clothing line known as Rooftop NYC. The online store currently houses T-shirts and sweatshirts with the printed phrase. Chenfeld revealed most of his customers were white when he started printing the shirts over a year ago. However, his sales now come from an array of customers. He’s even had celebrities like Drake snap pictures wearing his T-shirt design.
“The original shirt that got this whole thing started. As seen on every cool kid that goes to your school, and every cool human in your office. That one guy that gets all the hi-fives by the water cooler totally rocks this.”
Although many people are supporting his movement, there are some Christians outraged by the seemingly mocking message the slogan represents. Since Chenfeld has openly admitted that he’s an atheist and the Bible depicts God as a man, many find it offensive to jokingly insist that God is a female. So of course, there has been some backlash and the slogan has sparked a debate about religion and the image of God. A number of social media users have even insisted that the slogan represents an underlying evil agenda. Needless to say, some of the comments are extremely brash.
Here are a few comments:
I met God… She’s wondering where it all went wrong.
“THIS MAN IS THE WORST AND DESERVES NOTHING OTHER THAN A GREAT WACK ON THE BUTT. HASHEM CAN DO HIS OWN WORK…..AND, THIS IS WHAT THIS AWFUL YOUTHFUL MAN SHOULD BE FEARFUL OF AND, THOSE WHO PURCHASE SUCH GARBAGE REMAIN EVIL”
“YOUR bible says man was made in GOD’s image and we all know life started in Africa annnnd we also know that no creature has more genetic mutations than the African. Dealing with the sex is on another level. All life passes through women so GOD could be a female.”
“If you believe in god would not that entity be whatever the person envisions He, she or it wants he, she, it to be? Relax, it would not Change a thing, Faith is just that, what you choose to believe. The right or wrong of it will be revealed upon your death or the end of things.”
“God is Black, God is White, God is Red, God is Brown, God is Yellow. What exactly is the Color of Love.???”
However, Chenfeld has a different perspective of the controversial slogan. He recently spoke with the Huffington Post where he shared his opinion of religion, the slogan and its rapidly evolving movement.
“I like poking fun at sacred cows,” Chenfeld said. “I’m taking the idea that God is a white male and doing the opposite of that, which is a black woman. Sometimes when you get really religious, it becomes sexist and that’s when I tap out,” Chenfeld says. “And that’s why I’ve never been a super religious person.”
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