Thursday, December 09, 2004

Holy Mary and Joseph! 

It seems that Madam Tussauds Wax Museum will not be getting too many church group excursions this Christmas seasons, after Britain's senior churchmen and the Vatican have slammed the Museum's celebrity nativity scene, which features David Beckham and his wife Victoria, a.k.a. Posh Spice, as the Holy Couple. But that's not all:

"Tony Blair, George Bush and the Duke of Edinburgh make up the three wise men. Actors Hugh Grant, Samuel L Jackson and comedian Graham Norton play shepherds and singer Kylie Minogue is the angel."
What's surprising about the choice of Bush and Blair for the Wise Men is that, together with all the other picks, it is a result of the poll conducted among the museum's visitors. Wax figures aficionados much be right-wingers; had the poll been conducted among London's Fleet Street press, Bush and Blair would have been lucky to score the roles of the animals at the manger. Not surprisingly, it is this controversial selection which riles the "Asian Age": "Blair, Bush wise men? No way says the Church", even thought the concerned churchmen quoted in all the news stories seem to object a lot more to the idea of a mini-skirted pop star and a scandal-prone metrosexual footballer playing the mother and step-father of God.

Well, at least Madam Tussauds is
still celebrating Christmas.


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