December 08, 2000 07:11am
Judge Orders Playboy Santa Put Under Wraps
(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- A Brazilian court took aim at the latest version of Playboy magazine, which features a very jolly Santa Claus embracing a partially nude famous dancer, ordering officials to confiscate any newsstand issues that are not under wraps.
``Our laws require pornographic magazines be sold in opaque packaging out of site of minors,'' Rio de Janeiro Judge Siro Darlan told Reuters. ``Playboy has not been complying so officials have been directed to confiscate the offending issues.''
Darlan, who handles cases involving minors, initiated the action himself after becoming aware of the magazine cover. He issued an earlier order directing officials to strictly enforce the law on packaging for pornography.
Brazil's newspaper stands, which dot street corners in the country's main cities, have long showcased clear-wrapped Playboys and other erotic magazines for passersby to ogle.
But Playboy's latest Brazil issue sparked an unusual controversy because of its use of Santa Claus. The magazine shows Father Christmas hugging dancer and TV hostess Carla Perez, who appears topless but covering her breasts with her hands.