From last Thursday's Times
The war against statues, so fashionable today among anarchists and archbishops, is not new. Consider the case of Oscar Wilde’s testicles, a reader tells me, which scandalised Paris for 50 years. After the foppish aesthete died in 1900, Jacob Epstein created a monument for Wilde’s tomb at Père Lachaise, but the genitals on his winged sculpture were thought to be trop grands and in August 1914, when perhaps they had more pressing things to worry about, French officials had them covered with a bronze butterfly. This was duly stolen by the occultist Aleister Crowley, who wore it as a necklace. In 1961 the statue was finally castrated by a pair of angry English women armed with umbrellas, after which the cemetery manager used the testicles as a paperweight. Sounds like Edward Colston got off lightly.
in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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