HOT: Filipino Artist Mideo Cruz Used President Duterte for his Artwork; Netizens Got Angry!

What can you say about the controversial artwork?

Netizens were angry after the release of the artwork. [Image Credit: Video M. Cruz/Facebook]
Netizens were angry after the release of the artwork. [Image Credit: Video M. Cruz/Facebook]
  • President Rodrigo Duterte is a famous icon not only in the Philippines but worldwide.

  • Artist Mideo Cruz used him as a subject for his own rendition of the “Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

  • The said artwork received mixed feedbacks from Netizens.

One of the Most Controversial People Today

President Rodrigo Duterte is one of the most popular and talked about President not only in the Philippines but also from around the world. A lot of Filipinos voted for him because of his plans and actions against illegal drugs, corruption, and crimes.

President Duterte continues to fight against Drugs. [Image Credit: Wikipedia]

However, Filipinos now are divided when it comes to the leadership and system of President Duterte. Some are in favor of his methods while others are not.

The Controversial Artwork by Mideo Cruz

A Filipino artist named Mideo Cruz, one of the supporters of President Duterte, used him as a subject for his paintings. This artwork has been circulating online not just because of its near perfection portrayal of the president but also because of its subject. It’s now being criticized by some netizens.

Artist Mideo Cruz is behind the controversial artwork. [Image Credit: Video M. Cruz/Facebook]

Cruz’ painting of the President is a replica of the “Sacred Heart of Jesus.” However, instead of Jesus, the face was replaced by President Duterte’s face. Instead of a heart, he is holding a gun in his left hand.

This artwork drew a lot of criticisms and negative feedbacks because the artist used the image of Jesus Christ.

Netizens were angry after the release of the artwork. [Image Credit: Video M. Cruz/Facebook]

Not the First Time

This is not the first time for Cruz to be the center of criticism and backlash. He also appeared before the Ombudsman in 2011 for using Jesus Christ for his exhibit. However, the case was dismissed in 2013, as reported by Inquirer.

Artist Mideo Cruz is now the subject of netizen’s anger. [Image Credit: Video M. Cruz/Facebook]
Artist Mideo Cruz is now the subject of netizen’s anger. [Image Credit: Video M. Cruz/Facebook]

The Philippines is a religious country and using Jesus Christ, God, Mama Mary, and other saints and biblical characters are considered sensitive.

Cruz is known to use controversial subjects for his artworks. [Image Credit: Video M. Cruz/Facebook]

What can you say about the artwork? Do you think this is right? Let us know!

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Written by Kristina Suarez

Kristina is a freelance writer and author of “My Thrifty Thoughts.” She loves random weekend trips, coffee, toys, and spas. Guided by her mantra “chill and travel,” she enjoys unplanned escapades without compromising leisure and budget. Her free hours are spent reading books, watching dramas and movies, doing toy reviews or thinking about her next travel destination.

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