Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I SEE BOOBIES: HATE CRIME
I've always found it funny how offensive female breasts are to many in American culture. I remember my mother shielding my eyes whenever boobs would appear on TV. A man's bare chest? Not a problem. . . Corporeal baby bottles: problem. Only in Hollywood do Neanderthal cave dwellers come dressed in sabertooth sports bras.
A woman from Arlington, Virginia, recently took her aversion to the female body a step too far. Susan Burns, 53, approached "Two Tahitian Women" (shown above) at the National Gallery of Art last Friday. The painting, on loan from the Met, is part of "Gauguin: Maker of Myth", an exhibition organized by Tate Modern in London, on view until June 5th. Burns grabbed the frame of the painting, pulling the bottom half off the gallery wall, dropping several screws to the floor. She then tried to vigorously punch the middle of the canvas with her first. Quickly apprehended by security, Burns explained her actions to officers: "I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it's very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned."
The painting, protected by a thin sheet of plastic, was not damaged and went back on display the next morning.
Since when exactly are boobs bad for kids? Aren't three breasts and a bowl of fruit better than none? Especially when you're hungee?