Greek Butts Get the Boot in Doha
By OUTTraveler Editors
Greece has pulled two ancient statues of male nudes from an Olympic exhibit in Doha, Qatar, after authorities there insisted on veiling them, the Associated Press reports.
Apparently Qatari officials asked that the statues be covered so they didn't scandalize female visitors. But when Greek Deputy Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras heard the plan, he said the statues should be presented as they are—or should be shipped back to Greece.
The statues, which were shipped back to Athens last week, are among nearly 600 antiquities brought from Greece for the “Olympics—Past and Present” exhibit.
This is just the latest in what has been a week of temptation and scandal in the Middle East. First, authorities in Saudi Arabia deported three men from their country and back to the United Arab Emirates for being “too handsome” and too attractive to women. (This is believed to be one of the men who was deported). Then officials in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the UAE banned skimpy swimwear on the beach.