March 11, 2005

Censorship in France and Italy.

BBC reports:
France's Catholic Church has won a court injunction to ban a clothing advertisement based on Leonardo da Vinci's Christ's Last Supper.

The display was ruled "a gratuitous and aggressive act of intrusion on people's innermost beliefs", by a judge.

The church objected to the female version of the fresco, which includes a female Christ, used by clothing designers Marithe et Francois Girbaud.

The authorities in the Italian city of Milan banned the poster last month.

The French judge in the case ordered that all posters on display should be taken down within three days.

You can see the ad at the link. It's quite artistic and supposedly inspired by "The Da Vinci Code."

Sidenote: There was a time in the 1980s when Marithe et Francois Girbaud was the most desirable label for a pair of jeans.

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