Gauguin Attacker: Painting Is 'Very Homosexual'
'Evil' painting unharmed after Susan Burns' gallery attack
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2011 2:20 AM CDT
Updated Apr 5, 2011 7:00 AM CDT
A 2006 mugshot of Susan Burns.   (Police handout)

(Newser) – The woman who attacked a Paul Gauguin painting in Washington's National Gallery believed the painting of two topless Tahitian women was both "evil" and "homosexual," according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Smoking Gun. "I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it’s very homosexual," Susan Burns, 53, told police.

"I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned," Burns said, according to the criminal complaint. "I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you." Burns, who has convictions for carjacking, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and assault on a law enforcement officer, was tackled by another gallery visitor after she began pounding the $80 million painting with her fists. The museum says the painting, which was protected by a plexiglass shield, is unharmed and will go back on display today, reports the Washington Post. Click for more on the attack.

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Apr 5, 2011 9:19 PM CDT
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you America's number one export: pig-ignorant stupidity.
Apr 5, 2011 3:36 PM CDT
Sure the painting is homosexual because we lesbians, when we get naked, are allllll about carrying some food and flowers around.
Apr 5, 2011 2:53 PM CDT
Interestingly, wasn't that crappy painting featured in the opening credits of that spin-off of "Hogan's Heroes", "Small Wonder" starring Vicky from the "Love Boat?" Every character with a German accent, on that show kept referring to that d*mn painting in virtually EVERY episode! And they always complained about the fact that it was a rip off of Nagel's world-famous work: "Upon a Golden Trivet Mommy!"