We Didn’t Even Notice the Nuns, We Were Staring at that Butt

Dear Herald,

Was it something we said?

We know things have been a little rough between us lately. Even though we’ve sung your praises, you’re mad that Joe Keohane is prepared to pen your obituary. Then you took the bait when Adam Reilly called.

Herald editor Kevin Convey told Reilly on Monday:

“While I agree with some of what Joe says, I certainly disagree with a lot of what he says about what we do. We aren’t simply a crime and grime tabloid. We haven’t been since I took over.”

On Tuesday we get the Perv Line. Crime? Check. Grime? Check.

So you looked a little silly. (Even though we loved it.) Instead of laughing at yourself, you decided to shove an Equinox fitness ad that featured nuns sketching a nude man under the noses of some real nuns and some old ladies in Southie.

Naturally, they didn’t like it.

“No one in our community would ever be involved with something like that,” Sister Michelle Anne said. “It’s very upsetting.”

“Disgusting,” said Richie Davis of South Boston, referring to the ad.

“Disgraceful,” added Peggy Cosetta, another South Boston resident.

CNN picked up the story, placing it on their latest news feed along with stories about Dr. Phil harshing on somebody who likes Star Wars and a severed head and body parts found along the I-80, and made us look like a bunch of godless heathens to grandmas and nuns. Well played.

Can we put it all behind us now? We hate fighting with you. Call us!

Boston Daily

  • eyeball

    Looks like you metrosexuals over at Boston Magazine have started a knife fight armed with little more than your European carry-alls and a few Starbucks croissants. Given that Boston Magazine is the Boston equivalent of a man with a purse, you’re a bit out-muscled by the Herald, although doubtlessly not out-tanned. Don’t worry, though, you’ll have plenty of freebies to distribute in the runup to your annual Best of Boston — a wonderful example of how swag = column inches. By the way, you write the Herald obituary story every 18 months, like clockwork. I’d urge you to think outside the shoe box, but then you wouldn’t be able to print all those features about shoes.

  • Marvin Coakley

    Every Catholic woman in Southie is named Peggy.

  • Jeff Merrick

    Equinox Fitness said, “The ads capture the energy and artistry of the well-conditioned body in a thought-provoking fashion…”

    I am not Catholic but if you and Equinox really want to be “thought provoking” and “edgy” next time why not picture three women in burkahs?

    Oh…I forgot, that might insult someone’s religion. Besides, you would be too afraid to insult Islam.

  • http://rozmon.blogspot.com/ Michael Kerpan

    > if you and Equinox really want to be
    > “thought provoking” and “edgy” next
    > time why not picture three women in
    > burkahs?

    Marjane Satrapi has already played around with this idea (in a back-handed fashion) in her “Persepolis”.

  • Maura Chappelle

    “…if you and Equinox really want to be “thought provoking” and “edgy” next time why not picture three women in burkahs?…”

    I could not have responded any better than Jeff did. Thank you, Mr. Merrick.

    I am a Catholic woman who has sketched bare men (as part of a college course), and did so quite well. There is beauty in the human body, but that fact could have been put forth without assigning the artists’ roles to women religious, any woman could have sufficed.

  • dawg

    A depiction of fake religious sisters drawing a nekkid guy is protected by the First Amendment. It’s funny–get over it.

    A depiction of fake women in burkahs drawing a nekkid Muhammed or nekkid allahs is a hate crime that should be punished by several years in a federal penitentiary. It’s disrespectful, intolerant, insensitive, and a reflection of the hopelessly racist, sexist, homophobic etc. West.


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