Nollywood actress Beverly Osu was the butt of social media jokes and insults on Tuesday after posing semi-nude in a nun’s outfit, clutching a rosary in one hand and holding a cigarette in the other.

The picture was the cover photograph of an edition of the Taylor Live magazine.

The photos generated a lot of reactions, especially on the seeming disrespect for the Catholic faith.

Beverly eventually launched into self-defence of her actions, the high point of which was quoting the scriptures: Matthew &: 1 – 5.

“I was born a practising Catholic so I know and take your faith seriously,” she said.

“People should rather worry and pray for the hundreds of thousands of innocent victims that are raped and abused by priests all over the world, particularly over 1,000 victims raped by 300 priests in Pennsylvania than worry over a photo that is a mere work of art.

“In any case, reverend sisters and fathers smoke in real life, which has not been established as a sin to my knowledge. Dear Nigerians, I don't do what I do for your applause. If these images came out for a movie, will it be ok? It is funny how you all just sinned because of a beautiful artistic picture: I laugh in Hebrew Matthew 7: 1-5.”

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