“The Cuddle Peep” diorama the Washington Post wouldn’t run
For the past three years, the Post has run an Easter feature called “Peeps Show,” a Peep diorama contest. The results are as delightful as you’d imagine marshmallow-fluff-bunny dioramas would be—this year’s finalists include “Peeptown Cupcakes,” an even sweeter (as if that were possible) version of everyone’s favorite neighborhood cupcakery, and a Peep tribute to Aretha Franklin’s infamous Inauguration hat.
But we noticed something intriguing in the reader chat with Peep Show judge/organizer, Dan Zak. When asked if there were any entries that were awesome but too controversial to pick as finalists, Zak responded:
Yes. We originally included in the semifinals a great diorama depicting the Georgetown Cuddler (Google it). It was removed at the last minute after editors raised a red flag out of — as Robert Gibbs would say — an “abundance of caution.” We apologized profusely to the dioramist, and she was very understanding.
Curiosity sparked, Vox managed to get a hold of the diorama—entitled “Peeping leads to cuddling”—courtesy of its creator, Annette Lee.
Diorama, complete with hoodie-bedecked Cuddler-Peep, after the jump (with the reminder that—cute nickname aside—the Cuddler is a serious criminal, sexual assault is awful and we hope DPS and MPD get their act together and catch the creep ASAP)…
Here’s the caption Lee sent along with the diorama:
The Georgetown Cuddler is undoubtedly a pervert who’s been plaguing the Georgetown community for the better part of a year. However, the nature of his crime and nickname lead one to think of a criminal who’s crimes are more … adorable than felonious. Because of this, the Peep version seems appropriate because despite his sweet exterior, our Cuddle Peep is a menacing figure in the dark.