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Normal Bob Smith
Normal Bob Smith
Nationality United States American (United States)
Field Graphic arts
Works Jesus Dress Up

Normal Bob Smith is the alias of a freelance graphic artist, writer, opponent and satirist of Christianity best known for creating the Jesus Dress Up game and variations.

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Normal Bob Smith's artwork includes several websites that satirize Christianity. The most well-known is Jesus Dress Up,[1] a game in which users can dress a crucified Jesus in clothing like a traditional dress up doll. As a result of the controversy surrounding this site, Normal Bob Smith created a companion refrigerator-magnet set, as well as other game editions, including Revenge Dress Up, featuring his likeness, and Muhammad Dress Up.

The official website for Normal Bob Smith[2] showcases some more art: Creatures of Neptune depicts unusual beings, and The Sheeples are caricatures of actual people who have sent hate mail. These caricatures are accompanied by verbatim quotes from the subjects’ letters. So far, Normal Bob has responded to over one thousand complaint letters which he publishes alongside his satirical replies in the Hate Mail section. At over 400 pages, Hate Mail accounts for the bulk of his site. Another feature is Satan's Salvation, a comic strip chronicling a humorous ongoing struggle between Jesus and Satan who interact with each other and the artist as he’s drawing them.

Normal Bob Smith was chosen to speak at the 29th American Atheists convention in 2003,[3] and was a subject of Neil Abramson's documentary film Bob Smith USA.[4] He has also been an invited guest speaker for Arizona State University’s Secular Freethought Society.[5]

During October 2006, in response to the Mel Gibson DUI incident, Heavy.com hired Normal Bob to produce a Mel Gibson Dress Up page.[6] This led to more media coverage of the incident in the press, furthering reactions to the controversy.[7]

Controversy

The Jesus Dress Up refrigerator-magnet set was carried by Urban Outfitters, a store chain operating more than 140 shops, then pulled from most stores after much protestation from the Christian community.[8] Clayton D. Harriger, a pastor of the United Methodist Church, even gave a sermon on the topic of Jesus Dress Up.[9]

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