'Gaga Christ' Artist Claims Credit For Chick-fil-A 'Tastes Like Hate' Vandalism

Dan Gainor
By Dan Gainor | August 4, 2012 | 12:45 PM EDT

The pro-gay “kiss-in” was further unmasked for what it really was by an act of vandalism against a Torrance, Calif. Chick-fil-A franchise. Someone placed graffiti on the outside wall of the restaurant saying “Tastes Like Hate,” complete with an image of a cow holding a paint brush.

Artist Manny Castro claimed credit for the vandalism in an interview with the Huffington Post.

Castro is also known for depicting outlandish singer Lady Gaga as Jesus Christ.

Artist Depicts Lady Gaga As Jesus Christ

Castro claimed what he did to the building wasn’t a crime: “It's paint on a wall. It got removed in less than an hour. It's not that much of a crime -- it's a protest.”

Castro’s website shows he is proud of “his knack for getting the public's attention,” In one incident, he “caused quite a stir with his 30-by-30 foot painting of Lady Gaga depicted as Christ draped over the Hollywood hills, which Perez Hilton called ‘Amazeballs’ on his website.”

He called the painting “Gaga Christ” and Feb. 11, 2011, The Los Angeles Times reported he called art “sacred.” “Hollywood, where stars are worshipped today, just to be crucified tomorrow,” he continued.

The image, according to a TV report, depicted Lady Gaga “wearing a crown of thorns, dripping in blood.” That, like the Chick-fil-A vandalism was also designed to get people to go to his latest show. According to HuffPo, “he welcomes both detractors and admirers to his group art show this Saturday, where he's prepared to answer any question anyone might have.”

Castro’s other works include: “hanging thousands of Ruby Slippers over power lines throughout the city and installing oversized simulated cocaine bags on telephone poles around major intersections.”

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