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Friday, 19 August 2016

Hiding Behind Fig Leaves

Its a sign of how Russia is now joining the race backwards (which the new western Europe is also quickly joining), when a statue of Michelangelo's David recently put on show in central St Petersburg, may have to be 'dressed up' i.e. underpants put on it, because a resident objected to its 'nakedness'.

The Simpsons David Is Clothed .... After Morals Committe Vote

This all reminds me of the episode of the Simpsons, when the same statue faces the same prejudice from the local morals association and has pants put on it ..... Of course Marge Simpson gets them removed, but then no one goes to see the statue apart from her and a reluctant Homer.

Homer And Marge View Naked Genius ...

Organisers of the sculpture exhibition in the city, say they'll ask residents to decide whether to cover up the 5m (16ft) plastic statue, after the complaint went in to the children's rights ombudsman, that it was an eyesore and a bad influence on pupils at a nearby school.

"How could you put this man without any trousers on in the centre of St Petersburg, next to a school and a church? This giant spoils the city's historic appearance and warps children's souls."

Of course as many people have pointed out, St Petersburg is absolutely full to the brim with naked and semi naked statues of nymphs and gods and goddesses, as Peter the Great and Catherine the Great populated the city with 'Classical Art' .... but the woman complainant has refused to be convinced, so a public vote of some sort will be organised, as everyone tries to hide behind the fig leaf of bourgeois respectability .... literally.

Michelangelo's Statue Of David With His Calvin's ...

Under the "Dress David" initiative, city residents will first be asked to suggest clothes for the statue, and will then vote in a 16-23 August poll on what to put him in, with one option being to just "keep him as he is".

Assuming the local church get involved, then underpants it will be (or more probably he will be moved indoors, to save everyones blushes).

2 comments:

  1. He looks good in Calvins

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    1. |If you say so. Thanks for the comment.

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