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Teenager expresses herself in Invercargill

Teenager expresses herself in Invercargill

Serious investigative reporting by The Southland Times (Invercargill, New Zealand) has uncovered that teenagers are wearing hoodies with the dual purpose of (1) shocking their parents and other old people; (2) expessing themselves as individuals.

Eighteen-year-old Invercargill woman Sarah Shirley, who was wearing one of the offending hoodies in the city yesterday, said … if she visited her grandparents she wouldn’t wear it, and her mother had told her not to wear it around the house, she said…. An atheist, it was her “freedom of choice” to wear the hoodie with the offensive words emblazoned on the back.


The hoodie in question is a product sold by British metal band Cradle of Filth. The design was earlier featured on one of the few tshirts to have been banned in New Zealand, the subject of a 2008 decision by The Office of Film & Literature Classification. This is probably also the first time that anything by Cradle of Filth has officially been considered “literature”.

The phrase “Jesus is a cunt” was earlier employed by Manchester band The Happy Mondays in their song “Kuff Dam”. Their lyrics “You see that Jesus is a cunt / And never helped you with a thing that you do, or you don’t” have been the subject of exegetical analysis by biblical scholar James Crossley, in his article “For EveryManc a Religion: Biblical and Religious Language in the Manchester Music Scene, 1976-1994” (Biblical Interpretation 19, no. 2 (April 2011): 151–180). A reliable summary of Crossley’s commentary on the song is available under the “Cunt” entry on Wikipedia.