Call it a case of “What were they thinking?”
On the cover of the latest Playboy Mexico issue, the magazine ran a portrait depicting a nude woman cloaked in a white cloth in front of stained glass. The accompanying headline reads, “Te Adoramos, Maria (We Love you, Maria).”
While the model who appears on the cover’s name is Maria Onori, incensed citizens were anything but willing to call the cover a coincidence, particularly as it hit newsstands just one week prior to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day in the Catholic Church.
Widespread anger over the cover caused for a public apology to be issued by Playboy, saying that while the decision was made by a licensee and not by Playboy Inc., that it regretted the offense it had caused.
Playboy Mexico’s publisher Raul Sayrols ducked the fire altogether and said that “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."
Well, if widespread fury and condemnation reflect a “renaissance-like mood”, Playboy Mexico has more than accomplished what it intended.