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JULIENNE CHENÉ, San Clemente

My husband and I are huge fans of the SC Times, and as an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, I personally want to thank you for your excellent coverage of news in San Clemente and South Orange County for many years. 

We are also big supporters of the Ocean Festival and buy a T-shirt every year.

My concern is the new artist who has been “unanimously” selected by the board of the San Clemente Ocean Festival. Please see his “self-portrait” that was prominently featured on the main page of his website.   

This self-portrait is shocking and offensive, as he depicts himself being crucified like Jesus on a surfboard and paint brushes, and giving us the middle finger. This is wildly offensive to all Christians, Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals and more.   

If Mr. (Roy) Gonzalez did a painting that was offensive to all Muslims in our community, would the Ocean Fest committee have selected that artist? Or if he painted a signature self-portrait that was offensive to the LGBTQ community, would the board have chosen that artist? Of course not.

Mr. Gonzalez’s anti-Christian bias does not represent our San Clemente community, and I would ask the board to reconsider their decision and make a better choice, one that will unite, not divide, our community. 

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