A northeast Minneapolis man is generating a bit of Christmas-time controversy with a nativity scene that looks like something from a KISS concert.
Matthew Peterson, a resident of the 2500 block of Polk Street Northeast, has in his yard a handcuffed Santa hanging from a noose with a chair kicked out from under him and a nativity scene featuring Mary and Joseph decked out in metal-style black makeup.
[jump] According to a KSTP report, not everyone in the neighborhood is thrilled about Peterson's rock 'n' roll Christmas display, which he says is a remnant of a "Worst Christmas Ever" party he hosted a few weeks ago.
"I'm really not sure what their point is," Livi Buvala told KSTP. "I think that's the most unsettling thing for me is I don't understand the point behind it."
A little girl who lives in the neighborhood named Sandra Diaz-Sanchez told KSTP that "It looks like a Santa Claus being tortured because his hands are stuck together like if he was in prison."
"It seems sort of mean to do that," she added.
Asked how he'd respond to those unsettled by his Christmas display, Peterson said: "Happy holidays. Enjoy the season."
One neighbor told KSTP they were thinking of filing a complaint with the city, but the city has no ordinance pertaining to offensive nativity scenes.
Seems like it'd almost be more appropriate for Halloween, doesn't it? But let's hope for Peterson's neighbors' sake that he isn't planning to leave his rock 'n' roll Christmas scene on display until then.