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Newsweek Dresses Jesus Up As A Hipster

April 4, 2012

Newsweek dresses up Jesus as a hipster – msnNOW: Newsweek is putting an image of Jesus wearing hipster-style clothes on its next cover. The image has already gone viral.


Why Hipster Jesus? Why now? Apparently Hipster Jesus comes to save Newsweek!

Editor-in-chief Tina Brown has resurrected the magazine world’s time-tested way of boosting newsstand sales: the Jesus cover. But to be fair, she’s given the Lord Savior a modern makeover. It’s a cover that manages to be both vintage Newsweek and classic Tina all at the same time…

Newsweek, meanwhile, has rarely been able to resist the son of God as poster boy, given that he’s a surefire bet for a general interest readership and the stats have his back: trade mag Folio  says putting Jesus on the cover elicits a sales bump by as much as 45 percent. And the Jesus boost couldn’t come at a better time. Two weeks ago, Brown went on offense pushing against an Ad Week report that the joint Newsweek Daily Beast company lost $30 million in its first year. It’s not quite that bad, Brown told ABC News, saying that while the magazine isn’t making a profit yet, in a “couple of years” it will be making money again.

via The Atlantic Wire

Previous Jesus depictions on  Newsweek‘s covers:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Justmyopinion permalink
    April 7, 2012 11:09 am

    I find it amazing that most of the pictures I have seen of Jesus depict a caucasian man with blue eyes. I am not sure why that continues if people believe he came from the area around present day Jerusalem. Should he not be depicted as more middle eastern in looks? I am thinking it is more political than religous when images the images are created. God forbid that a Christian god would look more like Mohamed from Gaza than John Smith from North Carolina.

    Just a thought.

  2. 4xi0m permalink
    April 7, 2012 5:46 pm

    They forgot the big dorky glasses. Meh, probably didn’t want to provoke him too much. A jacket and a plaid shirt, OK…but depicting Jesus in hipster glasses might be a smite-worthy offense.

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