October 26, 2004

Chic Worship

Rosaries are the new pearls:

The Roman Catholic church is trying to prevent rosary beads from becoming a fashion statement after both David Beckham and Britney Spears have been spotted wearing them.

While Becks wore four sets around his neck at a party recently and subsequently appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair wearing the $1,000 Dolce & Gabbana version, Britney was photographed in London wearing a white set of beads.

Now, with Christian shops being inundated with requests from fashion conscious teenagers, the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has published a leaflet stressing the religious significance of the rosary. "We have sold more than 100 rosary beads in the past six weeks," Shirley Nicholls, manager of the Revelations Christian Bookshop in Ipswich, told The Telegraph.

"We normally sell about three dozen in April and May, when people have them for their first communion, and then the odd one during the rest of the year. But during the summer, they have been selling like hot cakes and the children keep asking me to order more."

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1 I remember the same brouhaha back in the mid 80s when Madonna was wearing crucifixes and rosary beads all the time...sheesh.

Posted by: Stacy at October 26, 2004 09:24 AM (nM8Hz)

2 The best thing the Church could do is ignore the situation rather than calling more attention to it. On the other hand, they aren't denying reality and assuming that increased sales are a result of an uptick in ttue believers.

Posted by: mike at October 26, 2004 11:03 AM (VkYR/)

3 doesn't britney spears wear a kabbalah bracelet too? egads.

Posted by: marie at October 26, 2004 12:36 PM (dTWvv)

4 Maybe it's been a long time for a recovering Catholic like me, but I didn't think you wore rosary beads.

Posted by: Kevin the Interloper at October 26, 2004 03:16 PM (SorSm)

5 You're quite right, Kevin - you're not supposed to wear rosary beads. But, everything considered, I rather doubt that Mr. Beckham and Ms. Spears are exactly theological or devotional experts, so they are probably unaware of their misuse of such beads.

Posted by: Phil at October 27, 2004 09:19 PM (9Hnc7)

6 When will Britney realize that she is NOT Madonna?

Posted by: Lori at October 28, 2004 12:13 PM (kmcg6)

7 Maybe kids wear rosaries to show their religious feelings, to let other people know that they are Christian or church-going people. iunno

Posted by: iunno at May 16, 2005 03:51 PM (QxStX)

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