Two weeks ago, Washington State Ferries had a big problem with a cover story we ran featuring Patty Murray in a suit made of meat. WSF eventually apologized for pulling the Pork Patty issue off of its boats. But before the mea culpa came comments that the Senator's bacon bikini was "disrespectful" and "denigrating to women." One wonders, then, what WSF would have thought of another possibly offensive piece of cover art that ran almost 12 years ago to the day.
Smith was loud. She was aggressive. She was everything Murray-the-meek-dormouse was not. A contrast in styles played up by illustrator Darren Newby's cover for the October 14th issue.
So which is more offensive? Murray in meat or Smith in leather?
I'm not sure. The Smith-as-dominatrix cover got a lot of complaints, but no boat-banning. One thing I do know, however: neither one made the animal rights people very happy.