Nudity in the News

March 12, 2006 at 7:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The Journal Star letters to the editor are almost always good for a laugh. Today’s first letter really got me to chuckle:

I am very disappointed that the March 9 Lincoln Journal Star newspaper would have such disgusting pictures of nudity. Why is it important news that we see these pictures and know about the calendar that is being sold with these awful pictures?

There are plenty of more interesting and uplifting stories that could occupy such an important place in the news of this city than that. I am offended to have to see that as front-page news.

Linda Elder, Lincoln

The calendar with the “awful pictures” is a fund-raiser for Magnet, town of 85 in northeast Nebraska. They want to build a new community center. To raise money, they are selling a calendar featuring photographs of area men posing in the buff, with their nether regions covered in various creative ways. Well, the men aren’t actually naked; they wore shorts for the photo shoot, and the shorts were later edited out.

I feel really, really sorry for people who are so uptight that not only are they offended by something this harmless (and humorous), but they also go to the trouble to embarass themselves by writing to the newspaper to complain and agreeing to have their letter printed.

If you are, for whatever bizarre reason, unoffended by such debauchery, you can order a calendar by sending $17.50 to: The Magnet Community Foundation, Box 22, Magnet, NE 68749.

Photograph of The Men of Magnet story in the March 9, 2006 Lincoln Journal Star

I apologize for the poor quality of the image. I couldn’t find the archived story (or photos) on the Journal Star’s website, so I just took a quick photo of the front page of the March 9, 2006 Lincoln Journal Star. Click on the image to view a larger version (pop-up).

Update: Another letter showed up in the March 13, 2006 Journal Star:

Half-naked calendar men? How utterly distasteful! I cannot believe that the Journal Star has nothing else to print. How do I explain to my daughters who are 11 and 13 what these pictures depict. They do read the paper for school.

If one of those was my father, I would be so disappointed in him. Could this small town not find any other way to raise money?

There are so many other interesting things going on in Lincoln, one of them being state tournaments. Do we really need to print such trash?

Rolanda Kortan, Lincoln

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Joshua Wiltshire March 13, 2006 at 8:04pm

I was offended.  Not because I’m offended by nudity or such.  But because I work as a bartender in the men’s locker room at a country club, so I have to see that sort of thing daily.  I just turned the newspaper upside down, and then some naked old guy came over and asked for a cup of water.  Such is life.

Mr. Wilson March 13, 2006 at 8:17pm

<em>But because I work as a bartender in the men

beerorkid March 15, 2006 at 4:49pm

so did you get a tip?

or is the kill your self before you weiner gets that old.

I knew instantly that those pics would cause peeps tp freak.

so silly.

Believe me your kid is completely fine with it, the parents are freaks.

I call for all animals to be clothed from now on.

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