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Krupa: “I see no clash between a nude body and a cross. I’m a proud Catholic…”

After the storm kicked up by her controversial nude ad (with a cross) for PETA, Playboy model Joanna Krupa has given an interview to TV Guide, defending the pose: came up with the idea for the PETA ad? Why the Catholic theme?
Joanna Krupa: When PETA approached me to do an ad again, my team told them we wanted to make sure the concept is controversial, sadly, because that’s the only way to get your message out there. It takes controversial photos for us to think about pressing issues. Otherwise, we would rather go on watching and debating Jon and Kate [Gosselin]’s financial fights or Lady Gaga’s costumes, while millions of helpless animals are dying. We all brainstormed and came up with the church theme, which I love.

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Krupa: The reaction is far better than I expected. Of course I was prepared to earn criticism and create controversy, but that was the whole point — to stir up emotions. To make people think, talk, discuss and direct attention to the horrific fact that millions of innocent animals are being euthanized each year. Millions! Are you bothered by the criticism?

Krupa: I respect [that] everyone has his own sensitivities. But I, like many, see no clash or contradiction between a partially nude body and a cross. I am a proud Catholic and I am sure God is looking down shaking His head in disagreement with the Catholic League’s comments. … My mom is very supportive while being a very old-school Catholic. … The cross I am wearing in the ad represents pain and hope, which is all these animals have when they are dumped in shelters or put in tiny cages and bred their whole life, and hope is what we are trying to bring to this extremely tragic situation.

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NY Mom

posted December 5, 2009 at 12:12 pm

* sigh *
(leaning back in my chair and kind of speechless…)
So…controversial content is brave and wonderful when it comes to defending helpless animals…but God forbid we show images that provoke emotional responses when it comes to defending helpless unborn humans..?
The willing exploitation of some women continues on…

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Fr. Jim

posted December 5, 2009 at 9:46 pm

My question is: Are people talking about animal “rights” because of what one could argue is a sacrilegious image? I don’t think so.
And, I agree there’s a double standard here.

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posted December 6, 2009 at 11:54 am

I’ve seen the ad. Partially nude in no way, shape or form describes Ms. Krupa’s image. She is completely nude. The cross is strategically placed to shield the more provocative parts of Ms. Krupa’s nude self, making the image only that much more tantalizing. So the cross is used gratuitously, as a tease, in much the way a stripper would use a boa in a striptease. That this doesn’t strike the proudly Catholic Ms. Krupa as inherently blasphemous speaks either to the demoralizing condition of catechesis in our parishes or to the insincere and exploitative nature of Ms. Krupa’s claim to be a practicing Catholic.
In any case, I’m with Fr. Jim. I think this backfired on PETA because, while a lot of people are talking about the ad, nobody is talking about animals.

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posted December 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I wonder how many people realize that PETA is a front group for the moral equivalency of animals and people. That’s why they kill (euthanize), 85% of the animals they ‘rescue’. Sure some of them are sick (certainly not 85%), but its MERCY to kill cats and dogs than risk them becoming a PET! They consider all animals slaves, be it pets, food, or serving mankind as in often necessary medical research or clothing.
Consequently, I appreciate this opportunity to “backfire” myself, and put it out into cyberspace that PETA is a euthanasia loving cult that will do anything to keep animals out of the hands of humans. Trust me if little dog Spot gets lost, PETA is the LAST place you would want to find him.
Thanks to Obama, Cass Sunstein is now the confirmed regulatory czar who is quite frankly, PETA on steroids. Rest assured, good ‘ol Cass is spinning his wheels to not only get “animal regulation” (code for PETA rights) under ‘control’, but to also give animals the legal right to sue! Wait, it gets worse: Sunstein may well be the next Supreme Court Justice if and when Obama gets to appoint another.
With this background, it should come as no surprise that an organization that relegates human life would also not have a problem blaspheming the Cross of Christ. If there was ever a “No, I will NOT carry the cross”, this is it (except of course, by a supermodel down a runway ramp).

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posted December 7, 2009 at 1:17 am

Two words come to mind immediately for Ms Krupa and Mom,”My mom is very supportive while being a very old-school Catholic.” : badly catechized.

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