In Malaysia, a local newspaper has stirred furor over by publishing Jesus Christ smoking — the newspaper claimed its graphic artist was not aware that the Jesus image downloaded from the internet was holding a cigarette!
The Tamil-language newspaper Makkal Osai, in a frontpage apology, said the publication of the smoking Jesus Christ was a mistake. S.M. Periasamy, general manager, says:
“The graphic artist, whom we have already suspended, didn’t see the cigarette… It was a mistake.”
The cigarette was placed between Jesus Christ’s index and middle finger using graphic editing software.