Thursday, 2 August 2012

50 Shades of Damnation

When returning from a holiday, it’s good to get back to a pit of eternal damnation.
This is not a description on the state of my home, but is the story which greeted me upon firing up the Westmorland Gazette cartoon desk.
Some of you may remember the Channel 4 TV series The Hotel. This fly-on-the-wall documentary followed the exciting activities at the Damson Dene Hotel in Lakeland. A year later and the manager continues to show a genius for publicity by replacing the Gideon Bible in each bedroom with a copy of recent middle-aged bonkathon 50 Shades of Grey.
Instant outrage amongst the Daily Mail brigade. Even better, the controversy has spread abroad with religious types in America saying the hotel is condemned to eternal damnation (or a visit by Alex Polizzi, whichever is the scariest).
Hell, damnation, offended religious sensitivities are all topics which require the lightest of touches and a finely honed sensitivity to the feeling of others … which is tough because I got to tackle them for the cartoon. The chance to put Satan on the front cover was too good a chance to pass up.
Here are the choices which confronted my editor. But which one is festering on the front of today’s Westmorland Gazette? Did you agree with his choice? Leave your comments below then hot-foot it to my website to see if you’re right.

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