Goddesses Gone Wild? Va. AG Puts Some Clothes on State Seal
As a (Northern) Virginian, I'm particularly interested in the nonsense now coming out of the Virginia Attorney General's office. It seems our attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, has turned his attention to the Great Seal of the Commonwealth -- an image on the state flag that dates back to 1776.
According to the Virginia-Pilot (via The Legal Satyricon), and as shown below, "the seal depicts the Roman goddess Virtus, or virtue, wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder, her left breast exposed." Gasp!
This sort of "Goddess Gone Wild" action is unacceptable to the AG, who ordered new lapel pins created for his staff that essentially photoshop the centuries-old image so that Virtus’ bosom is covered by an armored breastplate. "Cuccinelli joked that it converts a risqué image into a PG one," the Virginia-Pilot notes. Check out our AG's handiwork:
University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato said that “When you ask to be ridiculed, it usually happens. And it will happen here, nationally. This is classical art, for goodness’ sake.” Sabato added that Cuccinelli apparently did not learn anything from the onslaught of criticism U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft received when he ordered drapes installed to cover partially nude statues at the Justice Department.
Posted by Bruce Carton on May 13, 2010 at 10:52 AM | Permalink
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