Flamboyant fashion designer Tom Ford sparked outrage recently following the launch of his new collection of phallic crucifix necklaces.
The pendant is shaped like a phallus and resembles a crucifix. Outraged Christians have blasted the unusual jewelry as "blasphemous," with some even calling it an attack on Christianity.
The necklace is available in either silver or 18-karat white gold, according to Ford's website, and it comes in small, medium and large sizes. It is priced at $790 and has come just in time for Christmas, which has fueled even more outrage.
"This, ladies and gents, is the epitome of blasphemy against Christ Jesus," one Twitter user wrote.
"Just in time for Christmas, a way to say "screw Christ," the Savior of the World. this is Sick. Just Sick ..." another complained.
"There are some vicious, hateful anti-Christian stunts that are beyond outrageous. This is one of them," one tweet read.
Some reports claim the necklace is being marketed as a "kinky Christmas present," which is not surprising considering Ford is renowned for his controversial marketing strategies.
In 2007, the openly homosexual designer made headlines while promoting his Tom Ford for Men fragrance. An ad for the fragrance featured a seemingly naked woman with her mouth wide open and the fragrance bottle wedged between her chest.
"We loved the original Marilyn Minter images, but while on a shoot with [Terry Richardson] in Milan, we decided that a sharper, more graphic approach clearly communicated the bold and provocative mood of the fragrance," a spokeswoman for Tom Ford Beauty explained at the time.
The designer is popular among Hollywood's elite, including pop star Rihanna, who is a fan of his work, and hip-hop mogul Jay Z, who once wrote a song named after the designer.
Earlier this year, Ford announced his marriage to his partner of 27 years, journalist Richard Buckley.
Ford could not be reached for comment.