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'My Sweet Lord' Dominates NYC News

The news this past weekend in New York was dominated by the story of Chocolate Jesus–a life-size Jesus statue made of chocolate that was on display at the Roger Smith hotel in New York. Of course, adversaries from the Catholic League and the free speechers squared off over "My Sweet Lord," and  the exhibit was yanked.

It all reminded me of a certain Tom Waits song, mostly because the song is called "Chocolate Jesus." It's about a soul who gets salvation at Zerelda Lee's candy store each Sunday, in the form of a Jesus-shaped hunk of candy wrapped in cellophane. The lyrics are here; maybe the feuding idealogues can glean some wisdom from a wise old sage like Waits.
By Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.