So I'm sitting at my computer screen, eating lunch, taking a break from grading and reading CNN when I happen upon this story.
Apparently, this picture was on the recent issue of the Mexico Playboy magazine. It offended a number of people for portraying the Virgin Mary in a seductive manner. So Playboy issues an apology: "the cover was not meant to portray the Virgin Mary, despite being printed just days before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe -- both Catholic holidays centering on the Virgin Mary." I think they should have also added, "the virginal looking woman, drapped in a cloth reminicent of the Virgin Mary, holding a classical pose of Mary, in front of a stained-glass window, with the caption in front of her: Te Adoramos Maria (We adore you, Mary)" is just a coincidence.
Gosh, we never thought anyone would mistake our Playboy model for the Virgin Mary. "The image is not and never was intended to portray the Virgin of Guadalupe," -- which is the Virgin Mary -- "The intent was to portray a renaissance-like mood on the cover." Okay, I believe you. Do you have a bridge in Brooklyn you want to sell me too?