Sunday, July 31, 2016

Michelangelo's 'David' is 'dressed' now in St. Petersburg by Russian fundamentalists

Image via NTV/YOU TUBE

Copy of the statue of 'David,' established in St. Petersburg, is 'dressed' now, according to NTV.

'Artists' from the "north-7" group used the cap and paper tape to cover the nakedness of a plastic replica of David sculpture in the Lutheran Church of St. Anne in the Kirochnaya street.

“How could you put this bloke without any trousers on in the center of St Petersburg, next to a school and a church?” wrote a local women in a letter about the 16-foot statue, quoted by Lenta and translated the by the BBC. “This giant spoils the city’s historic appearance and warps children’s souls.”

“Children are around, looking at this giant nude man. Is that normal?” she added. Although local school director Maksim Pratusevich reportedly insisted his students were “sufficiently cultured and educated” to deal with a little artistic nudity, the matter will still be put to a vote.

Exhibition organizers, according to the BBC, told the RIA-Novosti news agency they would hold a “Dress David” vote to determine what, if anything, the statue should wear. The poll will be open August 16–23.

Russia is a very unfree country. Since 2006, 8 regions in Russia have enacted varying laws restricting the distribution of materials promoting LGBT relationships to minors; in June 2013, a federal law criminalizing the distribution of materials among minors in support of "non-traditional" sexual relationships, was enacted as an amendment to an existing child protection law. A 2013 survey found that 74% of Russians said homosexuality should not be accepted by society (up from 60% in 2002). In a 2007 survey, 68% of Russians said homosexuality is always wrong (54%). In a 2005 poll, 44% of Russians were in favor of making homosexual acts between consenting adults a criminal act; at the same time, 43% of Russians supported a legal ban on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2013, 16% of Russians surveyed said that gay people should be isolated from society, 22% said they should be forced to undergo treatment, and 5% said homosexuals should be "liquidated". In Russian psychiatry, Soviet mentality about homosexuality has endured into the present day. For instance, in spite of the removal of homosexuality from the nomenclature of mental disorders, 62.5% of 450 surveyed psychiatrists in the Rostov Region view it as an illness, and up to three quarters view it as immoral behavior. 

The Russian Church is an outpost of fundamentalism. Oppression of Gay-persons, women and other persecuted groups exist on behalf of children. And today, the art is also censored on behalf of children ("Everything for children," Lenin said). 

Michelangelo's 'David' was created in the Middle Ages. Back then, people had more freedom than in Russia today. 

By David Chutlashvili | 31 July 2016

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