Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mae West: Fulton J. Sheen

Quite doubtful that MAE WEST ever traded banter with a man-of-the-collar. It's certain that the screen queen sympathized with nuns she spotted waiting for (or riding on) a bus; Mae donated many of her old cars to the local convents to prevent nuns from such indignity and hardship. Nevertheless, the Empress of Sex often became a punchline. Father Joseph repeats an iffy from the fifties.
• • Father Leo M. Joseph O.S.F. takes pen in hand to remind his readers: There’s an old joke that goes: One day in February back in the 1950s, the legendary Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, the original televangelist, was at a TV studio in New York to tape one of his Lenten programs (sponsored by Progresso Soup) and it so happened that he crossed paths in the hallway with the aging iconic “bad girl” of stage, film and TV, Mae West.
• • She paused in front of him, gave him a slow once-over in all his bishop’s regalia, and cooed, “Not bad looking. Why don’t ya come up and see me sometime.”
• • Bishop Sheen reared up in righteous indignation, turned as purple as his pontifical mantle, and replied, “You wicked Jezebel! Don’t you know it’s LENT?”
• • As she sauntered off, Mae West snapped, “Well, no I didn’t. But uh, why don’t you come up and see me when you get it back ...”
• • These days, Mae West is not the only one who doesn’t know about Lent. The mass media will have plenty of footage showing the revelry in New Orleans as Mardi Gras winds up its weeks of partying in the streets, but little mention of the “morning after,” Ash Wednesday and the 40-day observance of Lent. Yet for Christians all over the world this is a time-honored tradition that dates back . . . .
• • How many think that is (or was, even for a half second back in the 1950s) hilarious?
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• • Article: "Mardi Gras — — the morning after"
• • BY: Fr. Leo M. Joseph O.S.F. | Columnist
• • Published by Lake County News — —
• • Published on: 15 February 2010

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