Life imitating art? Anal plug sales increased 500% after French president defended Giant One / Queerty
What’s the biggest butt plug you’ve ever seen?
If you were in Paris in October, your answer might be “24 feet”.
Artist Paul McCarthy erected a sculpture called “Tree” as part of FIAC, the city’s annual art fair, and its intentions could not have been clearer.
After it was inflated, a few interesting things happened. First of all, your typical conservative outrage. An anti-gay group, Printemps Français, tweeted: “This is where your tax money is going!
Then, vandals cut cables who supported him, causing him to collapse into what appeared to be a giant condom. Good job guys:
You could almost hear McCarthy laughing to himself at this point, as the destruction of a room that challenges our ideas about what art can and can’t be only keeps the conversation going.
And it was a conversation in which none other than French President Francois Hollande threw his two cents.
As translated by Hyperallergic, the President said:
“France will always be on the side of the artists, as I am on the side of Paul McCarthy, whose work has been tainted, whatever opinion we may have had on the work”, declared François Hollande during of the opening last night of the Fondation de Paris. Louis Vuitton, according to Agence France Presse. “We must always respect the work of artists… France is always ready to welcome artists and creatives from all over the world.
This was to mark the first time in history that a world leader stood up for an anal plug.
But it seems that while Hollande’s remarks may very well be important in the art world, the butt plugs themselves have surfed a wave of unexpected success after the giant media plug (for lack of a better word). ).
According to a maker of plugs (more reasonable in size), sales have increased by about 500%.
From the local:
“We were selling about 50 a month,” sex toy wholesaler Richard Fhal told The Local.
“Since the controversy (in October) we’ve moved over a thousand,” said Fhal, who supplies stores in the capital as well as his own retail website and three-store chain.
He noted that previously, butt plug customers were almost exclusively men and gay men, but in recent weeks straight men – with an equal mix of men and women – had grabbed products that cost between $ 20. and 40 € each.
How’s that for the intersection of art and commerce?
h / t onlooker