Howard Stern: Prudish papa

America's favorite shock jock didn't like the idea of his daughter stripping down.

Published January 5, 2006 6:26PM (EST)

According to today's New York Post, King of All Media Howard Stern made strenuous objections to the Princess of All Media, his 22-year-old daughter Emily, doffing her clothes onstage. Emily, an actress and the eldest of Stern's three daughters, had been playing Madonna (the celebrity, not the mother of Jesus) in a theatrical sendup of the Jewish mystical sect Kabbalah at the off-Broadway Jewish Theater of New York.

The part involved dressing only in an exaggerated cone bra and yellow panties favored by the Material Girl. When told by a rabbi that if she gets naked, the Messiah will appear, the actress was to take it all off. Sounds Stern-worthy to us!

But according to the play's director, Papa Stern was dismayed about his daughter's public nudity, and had begged her not to do the part. This week, reportedly under pressure from her father and nervous that bloggers were going to start posting photos of her on the Internet, Emily abruptly quit. The production debuted in mid-November, and was scheduled to run though the end of January. It has now shut down.

So, Howard ... If you can't take the heat, mightn't it be best to get out of the strip club?

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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