Monday, July 15, 2013

Stamp artist trolls the entire nation of France for #Femen

"Dear fascists, nationalists, homophobes and extremists of France, now whenever you want to send a letter, you will have to lick my ass!"
Marianne is the mythical face of the French Revolution. A symbol of France's revolutionary values, Marianne's face graces a series of stamps issued every few years with a new interpretation.

This one just happens to be based on Ukrainian activist Inna Shevchenko, of topless radical protest group Femen.

According to one of the stamp's designers,

"For all those who ask who the model was for Marianne, it's a mix of several women, but particularly Inna Shevchenko, founder of Femen [France]" 

According to The Local, Ms. Shevchenko was not even aware that her face had inspired this small act of nationalist subversion. The artist told the press, "For me, Marianne, who is represented bare-breasted, would probably have been a Femen in 1789 because she fought for the Republic's values - liberty, equality and fraternity."

France's Christian Democrat Party has demanded a boycott of the stamp as "an affront to the dignity of women and the sovereignty of France."

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