selling weapons to the dick-less...
Italy's culture minister has expressed outrage over an advertisement by a US weapons firm showing Michelangelo's David holding a rifle.
Dario Franceschini said the image was offensive and violated the law.
A number of Italian media web sites carried the image of the advertisement showing David holding a bolt-action rifle.
The advertisement, from Illinois-based ArmaLite, carries the line "a work of art" in promoting the $3,000 rifle.
Mr Franceschini urged the company to withdraw the advertisement for the AR-50A1.He said in a tweet: "The image of David, armed, offends and infringes the law. We will take action against the American company so that it immediately withdraws its campaign."
La contestata pubblicità del David col fucile
L'ha realizzata un'azienda americana e in Italia in molti hanno chiesto che venga ritirata8 marzo 2014
Venerdì 7 marzo il settimanale l’Espresso ha pubblicato le immagini di una campagna pubblicitaria dell’azienda americana produttrice di armi ArmaLite. Nelle immagini si vede un fotomontaggio del David di Michelangelo che stringe in mano un fucile prodotto dall’azienda. Sotto, una scritta definisce l’arma “un’opera d’arte”. L’immagine è stata pubblicata da alcune riviste specializzate americane, come Rifle Firepower. Nonostante questa diffusione decisamente limitata, nelle ultime ore ci sono state critiche molto forti alla campagna da parte del mondo politico e della tutela dei beni artistici italiani
Last summer, Okuizumo town in western Shimane Prefecture, a location of less than 15,000 residents, received a replica of Michelangelo’s sculpture David, with some of the locals asking now for the naked work of art to wear pants.
The city received a five-meter tall replica of Italian artist Michelangelo’s sculpture David, made during Renaissance, as well as a replica of Greek masterpiece Venus de Milo, both of them as donations coming from a businessman who used to live in the area.
The statues were placed in a large public park, where there are also a full-size running track, a baseball stadium, tennis courts, a mountain bike course and a play area for children.
“Some people have told the town’s legislators that toddlers are afraid of the statues because they are so big and they appeared unexpectedly over the summer. They are statues of unclothed humans, and such pieces of art work are very rare in our area. Some people apparently said the statues might not be good for their children,” town official Yoji Morinaga said.
While some of the people were happy for the new works of art, others stated that David should wear underpants in order to keep his modesty, according to the international press.
“It is the first time we have had anything like this in our town. Perhaps people were perplexed,” Morinaga said.
As you may have noted, the statue's genitalia have been covered with a crude fig lead... As per the article above, many countries still find the display of male genitalia at rest quite offensive... As the arm factory probably wants to sell this weapon to country such as the Emirates and the Saudis, there is a prudish side to the advert... We can show you a deadly weapon that is a sordid invention of humans while we can't show you what nature created...
The original advert is a perversion of life... "A work of art"? A weapon? A nasty piece of shit...