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Beaver on Beaver Causes Controversy

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by kirstenmeows, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. kirstenmeows

    kirstenmeows TRIBE Member


    Vagina on beaver sculpture causes controversy

    The artist says she wasn't even thinking of vaginas when she painted this giant beaver.
    ‚ÄčIs that a vagina on that beaver?

    At least 20 passersby on the Bemidji Sculpture Walk certainly thought so, and they called City Hall to complain.

    That led to City Manager John Chattin removing the offending beaver.

    Now some are crying censorship, and there's a Facebook campaign to bring the beaver back.

    Bemidji has long cherished the beaver as its mascot, but for one of the nine artists chosen to paint four-foot-tall beaver statues, the obvious sexual double entendre may have proven too juicy to resist.

    The beaver in question is called "Gaea" and celebrates women, but artist Deborah Davis says she wasn't thinking about vaginas when she painted the beaver.

    "I didn't understand that some people saw genitalia. ... I understand people see different things in art, and they need to be free to do that. ... My intent was to paint a praying woman."

    ‚ÄčSeriously, Davis can't understand why all you perverts keep looking at that giant beaver and seeing a vagina. Davis is a former kindergarten teacher and an ordained pastor--certainly not the kind of woman who would paint a vagina on a beaver that was to be put on public display.

    "I did not intend it to be sexual or titillating in any way," said Davis, noting she is a former kindergarten teacher and current ordained pastor who has counseled women and girls.

    "I do fanciful women 100 percent of the time. I care about women," Davis said, noting that she considered how the sculpture would be viewed by children and others. "I would never do pornography; I am anti-pornography."

    Could this all be an innocent misunderstanding? When you look at this beaver, do you see a vagina?

    UPDATE: City Council voted unanimously to return "Gaea" to the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.
    Vagina on beaver sculpture causes controversy [PHOTO] - Minneapolis / St. Paul News - The Blotter
  2. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    If the artist wasn't even thinking of vaginas when she painted this beaver, she's got some awfully strong auto-censure mechanism around her subconscious...
  3. Polymorph

    Polymorph TRIBE Member

    stuff like this makes me wish I was gay
  4. Snuffy

    Snuffy TRIBE Member

    What are the red blister-like things at the bottom of the statue?
  5. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

  6. RumRogerz

    RumRogerz TRIBE Member

  7. R4V4G3D_SKU11S

    R4V4G3D_SKU11S TRIBE Member

  8. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    would not hit it
  9. Musical Rush

    Musical Rush TRIBE Member

    I'm sure some sicko would wanna lay the lumber to that.
  10. <FresHFunK>

    <FresHFunK> TRIBE Member

    This beaver does not pass the visual inspection! NO SIR. Count me out! No wood for you.

    even the paint job is ugly.
  11. oeretS

    oeretS TRIBE Member

    nice beaver

  12. graham

    graham Well-Known TRIBEr

    forget the vagina, it's hideous, take it down
  13. AgentSanchez

    AgentSanchez TRIBE Promoter

    Lady is full of shit - I don't buy a word of her story.
  14. DJ Vuvu Zela

    DJ Vuvu Zela TRIBE Member

    "These big vagina ladies are getting away with murder"

  15. unique2100

    unique2100 TRIBE Promoter

    Ya the horrific art offend me way more then the fact it's a menstruating vagina.

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