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Published:November 21st, 2010 00:30 EST
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Gay Coffins?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Two undertakers in the northwestern German city of Cologne are trying to tap into the gay market by selling coffins adorned with images of male nudes.

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The prize piece in their display window is a coffin decorated with images of mostly naked, muscular young men in athletic poses inspired by Italian Renaissance paintings.

`We believe you should be able to have a coffin that lets you embark on your last journey in a way that reflects how you lived your life," undertaker Thomas Brandl told Reuters on Thursday.` Reuters

These "gay" coffins are an insults to homosexuals, it feeds into the stereotype that male homosexuals are obsessed with sex.

A coffin painted in rainbow colors is in good taste, but a coffin adorned with nudes is aesthetically and politically offensive.

A stiff in a coffin isn`t going to get any enjoyment from the male nudes, and the nudes will be a distraction when loved ones pay their last respects.

I don`t think there will be much of a demand for "gay" coffins.

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