Wednesday, April 6, 2011


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?


  1. So true. It's crazy that something like that happened.
    Do the ladies actually look homosexual and into each other? Are they actually doing anything with their breasts that suggest sexual activity?
    I agree 100% with you, Col. While I'd prefer a man chest, they should free the ta-ta's!

  2. I just saw that exhibition a couple weeks ago and it was amazing. I can't believe a woman can get so upset over a part of her body! She should have been punching herself in the boobs.

  3. If it had been a painting of two women stabbing and eviscerating each other she probably wouldn't've had a problem.

  4. god theres some real nut cases out there lol

  5. The woman was most likely mentally insane, as well as a cultural zero considering her actions; but she's a product of a culture, as well as a region, that feels rather uncomfortable with the human body no matter how chaste it may appear. When Gauguin first painted this during the late 19th or early 20th centuries it would have been considered shocking to the general American public as well as most European audiences of the time even though this was the way Tahitian women did dress at the time. The two woman are looking straight at the viewer and not at one another thus I'm unsure where the vandal came up with such a far fetched idea. The woman in question who committed this horrid act transferred her own provincial attitudes/prejudices upon a piece of acknowledged great art. Thank providence that the work was not damaged. Hopefully a crazy such as she has been forced into treatment because she's sorely in need of it. My word...