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NAKED FURY; Row as X-rated pictures go on sale in Irish shops.

A MEN'S magazine was last night at the centre of a furious porn row.

A full-frontal nude shot of loud-mouthed comedian Jerry Sadowitz appears in the new edition of Esquire due to hit the shops today.

The issue, which carries a 14-page uncensored sex special, also features topless models and erotic illustrations.

Another section of the magazine - which describes itself as "the sharper read for men" - contains graphic cartoons of bestiality.

But Councillor Richard Greene, a leading Christian campaigner, last night called for the magazine to be banned.

He also called on people to boycott shops that sell Esquire.

"This issue of the magazine is an absolute outrage," he said.

"It is yet another illustration of the dumbing down of standards of decency in Ireland.

"At the very least this magazine should be put on the top shelf. It is filthy and disgusting and should not be available so easily."

Niall Daragh, chairman of the Council for Social Concern which tried to ban the introduction of Playboy into Ireland, said: "This is just horrific.

"There should be a better mechanism to stop this filth coming into the country. We will be taking this up with the Minister of Justice."

The pictures of the topless models feature as part of an article on "the next generation of Page Three stunnas".

They are photographed in various poses - astride a rocking horse, in a bath and on beds.

As the magazine says in an editorial, "this arty filth is far smuttier than your average edition of Playboy."

Cllr Greene said: "It's one thing being tolerant towards art. But this is not art. This is overt exploitation of human sexuality."
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Author:Michael, Neil
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 16, 1998
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