Town in Japan Demands Censorship of Michelangelo's David
Some residents of a Japanese town are voicing concerns over a replica of Michelangelo’s Renaissance sculpture, asking for it to be donned with underwear.
Okuizumo has 16-foot replicas of the sculpture which they installed last summer thanks to donations from a local bussinessman.
Some statues were put in a large park that includes a full-size running track, baseball stadium, tennis courts, a mountain bike course and a play area for children.
Residents who object to the statues are mostly concerned about their children seeing it.
“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,” Yoji Morinaga, town official, said.
“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.”
Though most of the town’s 15,000 residents have expressed approval of the statues, some have asked that he wear underwear.
“It is the first time we have had anything like this in our town. Perhaps people were perplexed,” Morinaga said.
There are no plans to put underwear on the David replicas at the moment, as the town believes residents will learn to appreciate them as they are if given enough time. Many think the statues could eventually be useful for children learning about art in school
Japan is known to be conservative about nudity. Earlier this week, photographer Leslie Kee was arrested in Tokyo for selling books containing pictures of male genitals.
Kee is known for working with Lady Gaga and Beyonce, and could be jailed for two years or fined 2.5 million yen if he is convicted of obscenity.
While citizens of Japan are allowed to watch and distribute porn, domestic law indicates that genitals must be obscured. This is usually done by pixellation.