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Friday, August 17, 2012

Dildo-Crucifix: Chronicle Correction Enters the Pantheon

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 2:31 PM

click to enlarge People, this is not a toy!
  • People, this is not a toy!

No journalist savors writing a correction. It's a bit like penning an obituary; something bad has to happen to necessitate it. But if you are going to make a mistake of the sort requiring a formal correction, it's best to make one along the lines of C.W. Nevius' eye-opening note in today's Chronicle:

C.W. Nevius' column about Most Holy Redeemer banning drag queen performers incorrectly stated that entertainer Peaches Christ appeared at an event at the church's hall with a dildo shaped like a crucifix. He did not appear at the event, nor does he use the prop.

Our messages for Christ's management -- Mr. Christ's management if you're the New York Times -- have thus far gone unanswered. Nevius directed us to his blog for an explanation:

"Peaches' people sent me an e-mail," wrote Nevius. "And I later heard from Peaches himself. He said that although he'd been booked for an event at the church, it had either been canceled or organizers decided to go another way. So he didn't appear at Most Holy Redeemer. Nor was he happy about the crucifix-shaped dildo description.

"Peaches said he would never 'perform with something as tired as a crucifix dildo.' So it wasn't that the image was offensive, it was that it was totally passé."

Very entertaining; it's the dildo-crucifix story that just keeps giving. Still, it prompts the question: Was some other drag queen using the prop or did Nevius' source just have dildo crucifixes on the brain? We'll let you know when we find out.

In the meantime, Nevius finishes his blog post by noting that a colleague ranked his misstep the "best correction ever." It warrants entry into the pantheon -- but it may not even be the best correction of the past year. The odds-on favorite for that was this Dec. 30 classic from the aforementioned Times:

An article on Monday about Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children's TV show My Little Pony that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover.

The holy dildo and the misidentified ponies will compete in the forthcoming Tournament of Corrections. Let's see if we can get Nevius to host it.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

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