Ramon Fossati, from Valencia, has played Jesus in the traditional Spanish Easter parades for the last 30 years. But now he has been banned from the parade for being “too ostentatious”.
Fossati is not permitted to perform in the Easter parade for at least the next two years because he showed a bare shoulder and gave false blessings to the crowd. He was also required to pay a fine. However, he believes it may be because he is gay.
He defends the choices he made saying that he used traditional religious paintings to inspire his wardrobe selection and added that he was only waving to the crowd.
“I was not given any reason for the ban. It could be jealousy. Or maybe it was punishment for being gay. But everyone where I live knows my sexual orientation and it is not an issue,” he said.
Fossati continued: “I am deeply religious and this is the worst thing that could happen.”
The Easter parade is strictly regulated by Church authorities, and people have been fined in the past for showing too much skin.