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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

    I think this magazine cover has accomplished exactly what it set it out to do: create controversial art. If post-modern art isn't stirring up opinions, then it's not doing its job. In the case of Playboy, as is the case with many of its past issues, controversy creates sales. Another perfect example is this one, where Lil Kim used the politicization of Islam to make a juicy front cover that caused a lot of controversy. No one rioted over it, but it was still taken seriously by people of the Muslim faith.

    It's definitely insensitive to create front covers that mix sex with religion, but that is partly the message. They are two elements that traditionally don't belong together, which is precisely why it gets used and why it succeeds in irritating people. Playboy is an industry that thrives on what religious would call blasphemy or hedonism, thus it's going to have imagery that the religious won't agree with.

    The religious people who become annoyed about this become part of the viral marketing that gets more copies sold. For every person who is shouting about how inappropriate it is, there is going to be another person who is given the idea to go buy a copy!

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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    He is a priest. What did you expect? of course he is going to say it's evil. If the picture had been of a little boy's butt, though, I bet you he would have bought the magazine.
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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Especially considering that i am not one to push my faith,

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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

    Very tasteful art.

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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

    I can see how this might offend there. Mary is centered in Mexican culture as a very holy and pure figure. She is the Virgin Mother and is worshiped heavily as part of their very catholic country. The photographer knew that and as someone mentioned just wanted to create controversy and sell magazines. Especially how they put the magazine out right before a huge celebration in the name of Mary. Whatever the case it doesn't bother or offend me but I do think it was somewhat tasteless in the way it was done and the timing of the release.

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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    But Catholics aren't going to bomb a Playboy office because of it.
    True. Some Catholics would rather spend their time molesting little boys.

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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    But Catholics aren't going to bomb a Playboy office because of it.
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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    True. Some Catholics would rather spend their time molesting little boys.
    How intelligent and insightful.

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    Re: Priest: Playboy cover resembling Mary 'desperate,' 'blasphemous'

    Quote Originally Posted by Wessexman View Post
    Should they be allowed to do this? Yes.

    Should they do it? No, they should have more decency.
    Pretty much sums up my view.

    While I think this is one of the most beutiful covers of playboy I've ever seen, a truly artistic photo, I think the context is more of a problem.

    You don't plaster an image of "the mother of God" on a wanking mag.

    I can see why some are offended.



    That being said, if this were a separate image, in it's own right, I would say that it is fantastic.

    I don;t think it is blasphemous, but I would say it was innapropriate.

    That being said, if it offends, it should not be purchased. And for the most part, those offended are not in the target audience anyway, so there is no real issue here (no pun intended).
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