I just got off the phone with a very nice caller who doesn't think today's A-1 story on "The Scary Guy" belonged on the front page. "I have a few tattoos and had my ear pierced," he said. "My mom had eight tattoos and my dad has twelve, so this is familiar territory. But I don't know where it belongs in the paper. He got some good press and that's good for his career, I guess."
It's a fine story, but I share my caller's concern about its play. The Scary Guy makes a living based on his appearance (and the story does note that his seminars can cost $5000 a day), and it's not as if he hasn't appeared in The Star many times in the past. I wouldn't have put it on the cover, either.