Jesus On Cover Of Playboy Portugal: Portuguese Playboy To Close
Scandalous Jesus Christ On Cover Of Portuguese A Tribute To Jose Saramago
Playboy headquarters is shutting down the Portuguese edition of Playboy after a the magazine featured Jesus Christ on the cover of the July 2010 issue.
Theresa Hennessy, Playboy Enterprises vice president of public relations told the Mail Online: ‘We did not see or approve the cover and pictorial in the July issue of Playboy Portugal.
‘It is a shocking breach of our standards and we would have not allowed it to be published if we had seen it in advance.
‘We are in the process of terminating our agreement with the Portuguese publisher.'
Though the Playboy Portugal issue maybe a tribute to Portugal's famous writer critics say it is an ill conceived one.
It is hard to interpret Playboy's images as a tribute to Sarmago's work: their Christ is as idealised and unreal as that of any kitsch Catholic icon, not all-too human like Saramago's. In avoiding any contact between 'Christ' and his lovelies, the magazine demonstrates a distinct lack of bottle: the photographs could easily have been much more offensive – and truer to Saramago's vision - if they depicted Christ interacting with them.