Pamela Anderson Virgin Mary
November 15, 2011 by staff
Pamela Anderson Virgin Mary, The Reuters news service headlines proclaimed, “Pamela Anderson to play Virgin Mary in Christmas special.” Now, that’s stretching the Spandex a bit. Who’s producing it? Mel Gibson?
Actually, the real credits will include comedian Russell Peters, Michael Buble, Jon Lovitz, and Ted Lange. The show is planned as a one-hour special, “A Russell Peters Christmas,” which will air on Canadian television. And it’s billed as a comedy. The PR people call it “an irreverent twist on the Christmas special, making it unlike anything viewers have seen before.”
Aside from the casting of former Baywatch star Anderson (who’s also known for her Play boy photos), the question here is, how low can popular culture go in ridiculing and disrespecting the Christian faith? No doubt, numerous people will express their “collective outrage” (as the Reuters article predicts) over the TV special. But that’s the knee-jerk reaction, especially from more conservative church members. What if we dig deeper?
Ironically, if we go back to Biblical passages, the original story tells us that Joseph had actually expressed reluctance to marry Mary, who was already “with child,” because he feared the backlash and shame that would come from his community. In those days, it was unheard of to marry someone who had already lost her virginity. Mary, carrying the Son of God, was no longer a virgin. She had been a virgin before the “immaculate conception,” but now was not. Seems logical.
But we can only guess that in New Testament times, Mary herself came under severe criticism and ostracism for her strange, inexplicable status. Although, in retrospect, we all know what really came about as the result of that whole experience for Mary. But back then, she was being tarred with the same brush as the “loose women” of her day. In an odd way, Pamela Anderson could actually empathize with Mary, since she herself has experienced criticism and ostracism for some of her own career choices and film roles.
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