In Poland, banana sales soar in protests against censorship

In Poland, banana sales soar in protests against censorship May 1, 2019
Actress Magdalena Cielecka points a banana at her head. Image via YouTube/Dario Salina.

BRANDISHING bananas and eating them ‘provocatively’, hundreds of protesters have been gathering outside the National Museum in Warsaw this week to demonstrate their opposition to the removal last week of a renowned artwork.

The 1973 video “Consumer Art” by prominent artist Natalia LL – showing a young woman eating a banana with great relish – was removed from the museum after its new head, Jerzy Miziolek, was summoned to the Ministry of Culture.

Miziolek said in an interview that he was:

Opposed to showing works that could could irritate sensitive young people.

He suggested some visitors had complained. The work had been in the gallery for many years.

A separate 2005 video by another controversial female artist, Katarzyna Kozyra, showing a woman walking two men on all fours, dressed as dogs on a lead, was also removed.

But on Monday, Miziolek appeared to have a change of art heart and announced that the works would be reinstated, but not before May 6 when the whole modern art gallery is due for reorganisation. He denied pressure from the ministry.

The dispute is the latest in a string of controversies surrounding art and culture under the staunchly Catholic country’s conservative and nationalist government.

Culture Minister Piotr Glinski has repeatedly drawn criticism for cutting subsidies to art festivals that were planning to show controversial theater plays on Catholic themes. Mr Glinski has fired a popular theater director who criticised him.

He also recently cut funds for the European Solidarity Center, an exhibition and culture center popular with government critics, saying its activity went beyond its history-teaching mission.

Twitter and Facebook users ridiculed the ban as narrow-minded and a case of censorship, and many posted photos of themselves enjoying bananas.

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  • CoastalMaineBird

    eating a banana with great relish
    YUCK !

    Who the hell eats a banana with relish?

    Ketchup, maybe, but relish ? NEVER !

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Opposed to showing works that could could irritate sensitive young people.

    How about you cover up that ubiquitous symbol of religious torture, you insensitive clod !

  • Broga

    “Opposed to showing works that could could irritate sensitive young people.” Twat! What does he think young people do when they get some privacy? I passed the figure of the bleeding, emaciated, writhing, skeletal figure of Jesus this morning at the RC Church. That doesn’t irritate, I suppose.

  • Freethinker
  • Raymond Metcalfe

    I have been know to dunk one in porridge for brealfast

  • Jim Jones

    Oh Poland. Down the shitter again.

  • persephone

    Nutella is the best.

  • MystiqueLady

    I wonder what Ray Comfort would say about this. 🙂

  • wannabe

    I hope that girl is all right. She could easily have been killed.

  • DrSkeep

    Why are right-wing fundies so attracted/repelled by blowjobs and references to blowjobs? Here in the USA we tried to impeach a POTUS over a blowjob. There must be something quite important in this connection, but I don’t get it. Any fundies out there who can shed some light on this?

  • Terry Fitzgerald

    Who cares, probably a stupid Trumptard. Darwinism at it’s best!

  • wannabe


  • They go very well with peanut butter. banana/apple sandwiches. and there simply IS no way to eat a banana un-provocatively, unless you hide in the closet.

  • Zetopan

    Nothing coherent!

  • blogcom

    Don’t Chimps love bananas?
    Is there a connection?
    So one could argue the ‘artwork’ isn’t just provocative but base and prejudicial to the ideal of what constitutes art.

  • kaydenpat

    Lol! Why did I think this had something to do with Ray Comfort?

  • JEKinTX

    I’m an former Fundamentalist. I can tell you that they see anything that is done purely for pleasurable sake in a sexual manner is considered a work of the sinful mind and flesh and unsavory to their god that watches them 24/7. Many are against sex that doesn’t increase the likelihood of pregnancy. Without Christian women being pregnant they will not have a next generation of their own to indoctrinate and therefore it would result in an even greater decline in their numbers and influence.

  • DrSkeep

    On a conscious, practical level, I get that, JEK: the OT’s prohibition on chokin’ your chicken — don’t “spill your seed on the ground” — because that small desert tribe needed to get bigger. On the unconscious level, I think we’re seeing pure zero-sum competition between two highly emotional activities — sex and religion. Those fundies know “in their hearts” that you don’t be thinkin’ on Yahweh as that orgasm approaches, eh.