Unholy row over musical ad

Virgin cowgirl image triggers threats of legal action from religious association

The offending poster

By Emma Randle

A poster for a satirical musical to be staged in Almería next week has offended devout Catholics after it featured the city’s patron saint, the Virgen del Mar, riding into town dressed as a Western cowgirl.

The advert for ‘Mongolia 2.0’ – a musical produced by satirical magazine Mongolia poking fun at politicians and the state of the world – shows a statue of the virgin on horseback dressed in jeans and sporting a cowboy hat and whip.

The image sparked an outcry from the Virgen del Mar Catholic brotherhood which threatened to “take whatever legal action necessary” against the event promoters.

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