6th Jul 2022

Controversial EU porn-posters to be removed

Controversial pornographic EU posters will be withdrawn from billboards in Vienna in a bid to end fierce controversy on the eve of Austria taking over the EU presidency from Britain.

The 150 posters produced by artists of all EU member states went on display this week in Vienna. They were partly financed by funds from the Austrian Government but posters from two contributors sparked a heated debate, due to their pictures' graphic sexual overtones.

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The committee responsible for the project decided on Thursday (29 December) to remove the contentious pictures.

One of them showed a woman with her legs spread wearing blue knickers and the symbolic stars of the EU. The Balkan artist Tanja Ostojic said she saw the withdrawal of her poster as "public censorship", according to Austrian daily Die Presse.

The other disputed posters to be removed feature three naked models wearing masks of George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth and Jacques Chirac.

The Spanish artist Carlos Aires said he had withdrawn his pieces out of concern for the other contributors and to avoid "monopolising the whole project".

The remaining posters will be on display on big billboards in the Austrian capital until 24 January, before moving to Salzburg where EU leaders are to gather on 27 January for a conference entitled The Sound of Europe.

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