Wednesday, May 31, 2006

THEY ARE MEN, AS THE REST OF US

Never mind the fuss that gets made when people publish pictures of Mohammed, you should see the outrage pouring now that a Finnish magazine has published pictures of Lordi without what turns out to be a rubber mask.

Seiska thought its pictures of Tomi Putaansuu would delight its readership, and mark it out as quite the investigative powerhouse of Finnish journalism. Instead, people have reacted badly to this letting in of daylight upon black magic - subscriptions cancelled, advertisers pulling campaigns, petitions organised. There was even going to be a protest, but it went a bit like the Frasier Crane Fan Club's attempts to get him reinstated: journalists outnumbered protesters seven-to-one.