Disclaimer bit on church puzzle project is unworthy of even the birdcage

The piece in the Asheville Disclaimer page about Mills River Presbyterian Church ["World's Largest Puzzle Completed," Jan. 27] was tasteless and crass. I appreciate creative satire and humor, but this spoof was neither. It sadly demonstrated the extreme lack of creativity and poor judgment of managing editor Jon Elliston and the entire management staff of Xpress. In my 27 years as chief creative director of Philadelphia's leading ad agency, I have witnessed some brilliant creative efforts, and I can unquestionably state this is the worst I have ever seen.

This insensitive piece has degraded your publication, [making it] unworthy to even be considered flooring for my parrot.

— Hap Del Buono

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18 thoughts on “Disclaimer bit on church puzzle project is unworthy of even the birdcage

  1. travelah

    Hap, this is the realm of crass. They think it is a hipster thing.

  2. tatuaje

    You christians sure do get your panties in a wad when someone makes fun of you.

    I wonder, Hap…

    Would you have written your letter if The Disclaimer had written this about muslims or jews?

    Would you be so gosh darned outraged if they had made fun of, say, homeless people or hipsters?

    Because they do. All the time.

    Yet I don’t remember seeing a letter by a fellow named ‘Hap’ before…..

    Poor poor christians…

    Always so put upon.


  3. Piffy!

    The really funny thing it, it was actually making fun of the stupid AC-T article that covered the puzzle as if it was actual news.

    Not that i’d expect such simpletons to understand something so complicated.

    Also, is Hap referring to the costume shop just off snyder ave in south philly? Cuz teh googles dont see any mention of his alleged 35 years in the ad business.

  4. 11825code6.blogspot.com

    I agree. I found this article very offensive and also crass. I was very offended and crassed. YOUR ARTICLE IS NOT WORTHY OF MY PARROT’S DEFECATION EITHER, AND MY PARROT DEFECATES A LOT OF FECES.

  5. Dionysis

    “I appreciate creative satire and humor…”

    Couldn’t prove it by the whining tenor of your brief letter. And many found it amusing.

    And just who are you to dictate what your parrot poops on anyway?

  6. Ken Miller

    It’s just (part of) a naked body. I don’t see why the commenter saw anything wrong with it.

  7. Piffy!

    yep. probably. you should offer a submission. They’re obviously always in need of new contributors.

  8. tatuaje


    YOU ARE SO RIGHT, travelha!

    they should make fun of tattoos and the people that get them. i bet it would be just as funny as everything else they write.

    Here’s a great place for them to start:

    As long as i can claim righteous indignation afterward, though.

    Because, gosh darn it, it’s only fun if it’s about someone else!

  9. tatuaje



    You got me there!

    Pkipper is right, travelha! You SHOULD write for The Disclaimer!

  10. Piffy!

    okay, i’ll talk about dense.

    ‘travelah, you are exhibiting a level of basic mental capacity in this thread that does not appear to let any light through.

    hey oh!

  11. self

    I had somehow overlooked that article. Thanks Hap for making me aware of it. I laughed hard and emailed it to all my friends, whom Im sure will send it on all over the country.

  12. Rob Close

    First off, I’m amazed that someone as in touch with creativity as Hal used that word 4 times in the last 3 sentences of his first paragraph. That’s some terrible writing, which is amusingly ironic.

    Second, I laughed at the puzzle, and found it everything you didn’t. So thank you MX, for not holding back even though some people will always be cranky when you use religion in a joke.

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