Rome covers its iconic statues up for Rouhani visit

Rome covers its iconic statues up for Rouhani visit
Yep, they really did this. Plywood structures cover up sculptures of nudes at Rome's Capitoline Museum. (Image: Corriere TV (IT) via ToI)

[Ed. – They’re nude figures, you see.]

The Romans have censored themselves to make visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani feel more comfortable during his historic stop in Italy.

Rouhani — the first Iranian leader to visit Europe in almost 20 years — met Tuesday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, but another stop on his agenda was the famed Capitoline Museum, where classic Italian nude sculptures were covered with plain white boards to avoid offending the Muslim president.

Italian news agency ANSA said the nudes were covered out of respect for Rouhani.

Nonetheless, the move wasn’t going over well with many Italians on social media, some of whom lambasted it as “absurd,” and “embarrassing, servile behaviour.” [Uh…DU-UH. – Ed.]

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