Qatar to Greece: Take Back Your Naked Statues
'Anatomically challenging' artworks pulled from exhibition
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2013 2:58 AM CDT
Updated May 4, 2013 7:06 AM CDT
No nudes please, we're Qatari.   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

(Newser) – A pair of stone penises have gotten in the way of a museum exhibition billed as a "bridge of friendship" between Qatar and Greece. Two statues of nude male athletes were among 600 Greek archaeological treasures on loan to Qatar for an Olympic-themed exhibition, but Greece's culture minister kicked up a fuss when he visited the Gulf nation and found the statues' private parts covered up, the Guardian reports.

Officials in Qatar said the statues were covered up to avoid offending female visitors, but the culture minister said he "couldn't accept the antiquities not being exhibited in their natural state," a Greek official says. "They were great works of art and aesthetically it was wrong." After the two sides failed to reach agreement, Qatar returned the offending statues to Greece. The exhibition has gone ahead with the remaining artworks—including some statues of bare-breasted women that Qatari officials don't seem to mind, the International Business Times notes.

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May 5, 2013 1:32 AM CDT
Funny how the Towelheads are offended by classic statues of undraped figures and yet think nothing of seeing blown apart, bloodied innocent humans with their terrorist bombs.
May 4, 2013 5:21 PM CDT
We shouldn't have let Palin out of her nursery crib... Let's get Tina Fey to go! All you have to do is check the compilation of Palinisms and you will wonder how she escaped high school. Possible the staff didn't want to go through another year of suffering Sarah Palin. Ah..... They are seeing the end result of electro-shock therapy at a young age... It seems that baby-Bush did receive the proper, hmm, voltage to walk, talk, and be clueless.
May 4, 2013 12:25 PM CDT
Funny how they don't mind the bare-breasted female statues...its a double standard. Funny how their men can't control themselves when faced with a woman, while their women are cool as cucumbers when faced with men.