Does It Offend Rick Sanchez, Yeah?

Categories: Media Watch
mexicanplayboy.jpgOh No! Someone's mixed Catholic imagery and sex! How provocative! How controversial! How unoriginal.

Rick Sanchez, everyone's favorite former Channel Seven newsman, dedicated a good portion of his Twitter-fueled CNN show yesterday to the latest cover of Mexican Playboy that shows a model who may be channeling the Virgin Mary (though, the publisher denies this ...but considering some people see Mary in window stains and grilled cheese he should have known better).

We know, we know. Yesterday was a slow news day, believe us we know, but Sanchez gets outraged (well, he reads outraged Twitter and Facebook comments in an outraged tone) about the cover before bringing in a correspondent from CNN en Español who admits that there really isn't much of a reaction to the cover in Mexico, where its been on newsstands for a week, before getting outraged herself. Then, to complete the outrage trifecta, Sanchez brings on media-loving Miami priest Father Cutie (aka Father Oprah), who predictably is even more outraged. The video is after the jump. 

We understand why it's offensive, we're not saying it isn't, but come on, this is nothing new. More blasphemous Virgin Mary smut after the jump. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg:
  • In 1982, some lady calling herself Madonna burst onto the pop scene humping floors in rosary beads and singing "Like a Virgin." Catholics were outraged.
  • In 1999, a portrait of Virgin Mary surrounded by tiny vaginas and covered in elephant dung was on display at New York's Brooklyn Museum of Art. Catholics were outraged. 
  • In 2000, an adult toy company called "Divine Interventions" starts selling Virgin Mary shaped dildos. Catholics were outraged.
  • In 2002, Italy shuts down adult internet sites that feature Virgin Mary porn, becuase Catholics were outraged. 
  • In 2005, apparel company T-Shirt Hell offers a t-shirt that says "Mary Was Only A Virgin If You Don't Count Anal." Catholics were outraged.
  • In 2006, Courtney Love poses for the cover of David LaChapelle's book Heavan and Hell as the Virgin Mary. Catholics. Outraged.
  • Just last month, Brtinery Spears allegedly turned down a role as the Virgin Mary, there by avoiding Catholic outrage.

One of the Twitter comments, tweets as they're know, Rick reads says "The December cover of Playboy is not obscene, it's a cry for publicity. Congrats Playboy, it worked."  Haha, exactly.

Because nothing is guaranteed to generate more controversy than offending the religious, and that is why people will continue to do it. Maybe the offended should stop giving the offenders so much publicity, and accept that stunts like this are going to continue. Plus, hey, the perpetrators are all going to Hell anyway, right?

--Kyle Munzenrieder

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Go show an image of mujammed doing anything sexual... Even his face cannot be depicted in Koran law!!! Totally liberal double standard...


Rick Sanchez, oh yes I remember him and the time he leaked out police dept information to some cuban group he was friendly with. I still dont give him any credit on any ethical standards.


I'm glad I live in a word where even a symbol like Mary can be mocked and ridiculed.

Bob Lozano
Bob Lozano

Ask yourself a simple question - would you want your own mother denigrated like this?

The simple, historical reality is that the Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus.

Why is that even a little hard to see? It's not, of course.

As the illustrious G.K. Chesterton observed, "when you hear attacks on Mary you hear the hiss of hell".

Gil Ochan
Gil Ochan

Aye dios mio! As a devout non-practicing Roman Catholic I know the Nicene Creed is an ecumenical statement of Christian faith it states: ..was born perfectly of the holy Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit. In the Prayer of the rosary, We Hail Mary full of grace... The mantra of Mary being a virgin is engrained into Catholic doctrine. This cover offends. It casts doubts on the faithful that Mary was not a virgin. The image verates her to an object of the flesh. The robe, the pose, the hand over her heart, and doe eyed stare are an iconic depiction for Mary in many works of religious art.


It is offensive and in poor taste. Dear Signe - ask yourself the question. Why is this the cover for the December cover? Why is there stain glass in the background? Concidence that the model's name is Maria? What is the true purpose for this cover? The true purpose is that offending Christians (not just Catholics) is great publicity and that is why Playboy is doing this. They will make alot of money from this issue. Don't be so naive.

Signe Dillon Albertson
Signe Dillon Albertson

Catholics, GET OVER YOURSELVES! Why not try having a sense of humor - FOR A CHANGE? Is it any wonder that, statistically, you people are the most sexually screwed up of any of the Christian denominations? (Want to talk about your priests?)

Playboy is pretty pics of nude and scantily clad women! That is not porn! Porn is someone depicting masturbatory acts and sexual acts. Playboy doesn't even have "spread shots"! Playboy, by the way, also has a huge (at least 50%!) fan base. It is certainly not porn!

The picture on the cover of that magazine is not offensive in any way! It is a beautiful woman not showing any nudity!(And, by the way, Catholics have neither cornered the market on veils nor stained glass! Muslims also wear veils; and, many HOMES, especially Victiran and Edwardian, have stained glass windows - not just churches!) If you people see the Virgin Mary in this picture, that's your problem! (Maybe you see her in your morning cornflakes, as well!)

I'm tired of the world "cowtowing" to Catholics! Your religion is no more sacred or special than anyone else's! I repeat, GET OVER YOURSELVES!

A non-Catholic (THANK GOD!) Christian


I wonder if hes as outraged by this picture as we were all outraged by his DUI?

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