Man's Naked Fat Statue Is None of His Neighbors' Business (VIDEO)

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naked obese statue arizonaSince when is a statue of a nude woman -- that happens to be obese -- considered pornographic, inappropriate, and a threat to society? I guess since a battle over that very thing broke out in the crazy state of Arizona.

A contractor named Bill Tonnesen told local television news station KNXV that the sculpture was supposed to resemble an ancient artwork known as the Venus of Willendorf. But neighbors are opposed to the statue, which they say is an affront to the church and pre-school within viewing distance. One of his neighbors tried to explain that "the placement of it makes it an issue." Apparently, having it in such an "open viewing space" is of concern.

Oh dear ...

Tonnesen says the city actually doesn't have a problem with the statue at all, but his wife does. She's made him cover it up with a sheet for the time being. She's reportedly a member of the church nearby and isn't happy with it at all. 

Honestly, I wouldn't want her sitting on my front yard, but that's only because this kind of art really isn't my cup of tea. But it certainly irritates me that Tonnesen is getting so much grief for his love of it.

Because, think about it ... If the statue was svelte, would it even be an issue at all? How many nude statues of women are all over people's front lawns? The always popular Venus de Milo is showing more than this statue! And yet, this is a problem? I get the feeling the people of Tempe should own up to what this is really about ... They'd be perfectly comfortable with nudity if it was a thin female statue. But the fact that she's nude and obese, well, that's intolerable!

Obviously, this controversy is more about what the neighbors are personally uncomfortable with versus something that's inappropriate. And sadly, if the contractor's wife is so opposed, the fate of the statue looks pretty dim.



Do you find this statue offensive?


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Lynette Lynette

thin or heavy I have never seen a nude staue in a yard.  People would probably take issue w/ it either way.

nonmember avatar Dani

I don't find it offensive, it looks like a very nice, and well done statue. I just don't like it though. I think if it was standing instead of sitting I would like it though.

amomm... amommy2jack

She's covered up, you can see more T&A at a prom or the beach - the statue is fine - I'm sure that most people are offended because she's obese. Although since his wife doesn't care for the statue, I'd say it's probably going back to the sculptor.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I would not want a naked statue sitting outside 

Pinst... Pinstripes4

It doesn't seem pornographic at all. I think there is obese statue in the Time Warner building in New York. I base this information on the Disney movie Enchanted. Not my taste, but to each his or her own.

Destiny Hall Lewis

I imagine that community would take issue with any nude statue. With that said It probably doesn't help that to most, this is pretty unappealing. As a home owner in this climate I'd be more worried about prospective buyers in the neighborhood taking issue and looking elsewhere because of it and it's visibility, or as a seller that might have to deal with less buyers because if it.

Todd Vrancic

If you don't like it, don't look at it.

princ... princezzmommie

really? wow. t he amount of value his neighbors are losing on thier houses alone should be reason to take it down. besides, an acutal human sitting there like that would get arrested. its in such bad taste...

Malcolm Boura

USA. The land of free speech, provided that the prudes approve. They would be quite happy if the statue glorified violence.

HaiDanni HaiDanni

i dont have an issue with the statue. Then again, im the mom boldly breastfeeding at a fireworks show and letting my kids play naked in the yard. Im clearly not the best to ask on issues like this.

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