Fashion designer Tom Ford has created quite a stir and has some religious organizations completely outraged following the launch of his new collection of phallic necklaces. According to the Huffington Post on Thursday, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has voiced their issues with the “penis pendant necklace,” calling the jewelry offensive and a “sick gambit.”
The controversial necklaces are being sold on Ford’s website and are selling for $790 a piece. They are available in gold and silver and come in three different sizes: small, medium and large. The Catholic League is appalled because the penis-shaped pendant appears to be in the shape of a cross. Catholic League president and CEO Bill Donahue immediately attacked the 53-year-old fashion designer in a press release, calling him a homosexual (which he is), and mocking his married to journalist Richard Buckley.
Donahue continued his dismay over Ford’s latest jewelry in an email to The Huffington Post. In the email he writes:
“A designer gets a little too cute with my religion at Christmas time, and uses sexual imagery to make a quick buck off of it. Sounds like someone who is not exactly Catholic-friendly, and has some sexual hang-ups as well. It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in profiling to guess just who might be behind this sick gambit.”
It didn’t stop with the anti-gay Catholic League. Angry religious people took to Twitter to give Tom Ford a piece of their mind as well. According to Gay Star News, social media users called the designer “sick” and told him to “rot in hell.” One user went as far as to say Ford will be punished by God for “making that necklace.” Ford, himself, has yet to respond to the controversy, but the noise it has already created may actually sell a few pieces.