Rioting In The Streets Soon Followed
There were riots and Hef was burned in effigy. No wait that would have been another offended religion. This is what really happened...
H/T Theo Spark
The magazine, which hit newsstands on Dec 1 as ceremonies began leading to Friday's pilgrimage to the Mexico City shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, showed a model wearing nothing but a white cloth over her head and breasts.
The model, Maria Florencia Onori, is pictured standing in front of a stained glass window with the cover line, "We Love You, Maria" in Spanish.
The Virgin of Guadalupe, said to have appeared to a sixteenth century Indian peasant, is Mexico's most revered Roman Catholic figure and the annual pilgrimage to the Mexico City basilica dedicated to her is one of the world's largest religious events.
In a statement, Chicago-based Playboy Enterprises Inc said the Mexican edition of the magazine is published by a licensee, and the company did not approve or endorse the cover.
"While Playboy Mexico never meant for the cover or images to offend anyone, we recognise that it has created offence, and we as well as Playboy Mexico offer our sincerest apologies," the statement said.
Raul Sayrols, publisher of Playboy Mexico, said in a statement: "The image is not and never was intended to portray the Virgin of Guadalupe or any other religious figure. The intent was to reflect a Renaissance-like mood on the cover."
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Homer Simpson was heard to say, "DOH!"
Now I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but back in the day when I was going to Sunday School, that picture on the cover looks a lot like the Virgin Mary, especially with the stained glass,...classy, and right around Christmas...double classy. Of course all the versions of the Virgin Mary I saw didn't feature partial nudity, maybe because she was a virgin. Odd choice, way to go Playboy Mexico, not quite as horrific as it could have been, but a pretty nice job of overall blaspheming.