The queen is losing face

A reader who would like to remain nameless writes, "Is it wrong ... that I find this awesome?" The this that he, she, or it refers to is a Reuters story about vandalism at Madame Tussaud's.

It turns out some deranged protester attacked a wax nativity scene. The Mary and Joseph statues were pushed over, causing some damage. According to a spokesman for the museum, however, "the baby Jesus is fine." And Christians in the UK are outraged ... that the museum had the audacity to display the nativity scene in the first place.

Reuters reports that "Anglicans, Catholics, and Presbyterians have united in calling the exhibit a new low in the cult of celebrity worship."

I can see those thought bubbles forming in readers' heads as I type: How in the world could a nativity scene fire up Christian campaigners? Did the artist present the Holy Family with horns? Or smear them in elephant dung? Or what?

Depending on your point of view, it's not as bad as that or much, much worse. The nativity scene features "England soccer captain David Beckham as Joseph and his pop star wife 'Posh Spice' Victoria as the Virgin Mary." The background is described thus:

In the wax tableau, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue hovers above the crib as an angel while Victoria lays her shawled head tenderly on Beckham's shoulder.

Tony Blair, George W. Bush, and the Duke of Edinburgh star as The Three Wise Men. The shepherds are played by Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson, British actor Hugh Grant, and camp Irish comedian Graham Norton.

The museum has issued a partial apology for offending anyone with the display but insists that the intent was to bring the nativity story to a wider audience. The reporter pretty much calls the management a bunch of liars by closing with this: "The Beckhams disassociated themselves from the nativity, saying they had no idea they were to be depicted that way."

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