The United Nations’ cultural agency is dealing with backlash after it censored up the genitalia of a collection of nude sculptures. They put underwear on them!
The sculptures are a creation by French sculptor Stéphane Simon. They have been on display in Paris throughout the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) European Heritage Days, which occurs each September.
The selfie-taking, classical-style figures have been a part of a collection known as “In Reminiscence of Me,” which was meant to be a commentary on today’s societal norms of taking selfies.
However, UNESCO officials decided to cover up the genitalia for the course of the exhibit.
Simon was offended by the decision telling CNN that adding underwear to his sculptures “humiliated him” and was “disgusting.”
“I felt ashamed, so deeply sad to see all these years of work and research broken,” he informed the outlet. “For 2 days visitors came to meet, to ask me: ‘But why did you do that?’ But it was not my choice.”
“I should have spent two days explaining the fascinating link” between the practice of selfie-taking and historic Greek historical past, Simon added.
He stated he had raised the issue of nudity throughout planning meetings with UNESCO before the exhibit however had not been asked to cover up the sculptures until only a few days before they were to go display.
UK newspapers quoted a UNESCO spokesperson saying: “We didn’t wish to censor the artist, and understand that he felt the damage.”
Simon added to CNN that the UN has acknowledged a “mistake made by one employee.”