No Red Faces Over Sexy ‘Red Streak’

By: Mark Fitzgerald

Move over, Maxim — the new Chicago Sun-Times young-adult tabloid Red Streak is featuring more skin than any of the slick laddie magazines. On Nov. 18, its back cover featured a blonde groping the ample breasts of her partner in the “Russian singing duo, Tabu,” while a Page One photo on Nov. 19 displayed what is no doubt a first for a U.S. general-interest newspaper: 50 naked women — pubic triangles visible even in the aerial shot — lying on the ground so they spell out the word “peace.”

“I think the Red Streak can be a little more daring,” said Sun-Times Editor in Chief Michael Cooke, who added the paper received no complaints at all, probably because of its protest context: “If it had been the words ‘F— me’ spelled out by Playboy Bunnies, now that would be another thing.”

The Chicago Tribune young-adult tab RedEye on Nov. 19 also featured a large photo involving sex, but in a more yucky kind of way: It depicted a young man getting a syphilis test.

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