Last month, police arrested an Eco-activists targeting the Mona Lisa after the latter throwing a cake at the painting in the middle of the day.
On May 30, the internet was in an uproar after pictures of the Mona Lisa painting, botched with cream cake, resurfaced. Apparently, the bizarre stunt was supposedly to “raise” awareness for saving the earth, or so the activist said.
The video in question showed a young man in a wig and lipstick at the Louvre, Paris with a wheelchair. Then, he leaped up and attacked Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th-century masterpiece.
According to Agence France-Presse, the man, who was not immediately identified, first tried to “smash the bulletproof glass.” After failing, he then “proceeds to smear cake on the glass and throws roses everywhere, all before being tackled by security,” the witness tweeted under the name Lukeee.
Other footage shows the protester being wrestled out of the famed museum in front of Mona Lisa’s undamaged famous smile.
“Think of the Earth,” the wig-wearing attacker called out after the attack.
“There are people who are destroying the Earth. Think about it. Artists tell you: think of the Earth. That’s why I did this,” he said, without explaining why it should make da Vinci’s masterpiece a target.
People were in disbelief, some even had a confused reaction to the stunt. Yet, it was a natural reaction after all.
Over the years, the Mona Lisa has been the target for some malice. It was once stolen in 1911 by a museum employee. Then, a vandal damaged the painting in an acid attack in the 1950s. In 2009, a Russian woman threw a ceramic cup at it, smashing the cup but not harming the glass or the painting. The last one was particularly bizarre because the reason was because she didn’t get French citizenship.
Well, the activists are not the only weird ones of the bunch, yes?
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