What is With Politicians Covering Up Half-Naked Goddesses?

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  October 23, 2008 — 7 Comments

Remember back in 2002 when John “Let the Eagle Soar” Ashcroft, then Attorney General, ordered the half-naked statue of the Spirit of Justice to be covered by a drape?

“The [Department of Justice] spent $8,000 on blue drapes that hide the two giant, aluminum art deco statues, said spokesman Shane Hix. For aesthetic reasons, he said, the drapes were occasionally hung in front of the statues before formal events. The department used to rent the drapes, but has now purchased them and left them hanging. The drapes provide a nice background for television cameras, Hix said … ABC News reported that Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the statues covered because he didn’t like being photographed in front of them.”

Well, it isn’t just Republican politicians who want to avoid being photographed around the bared breasts of a goddess. It seems Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden’s campaign team was a little bashful around a proudly (half) nude statue of Diana the huntress.

Joe, meet Diana. Photo by Javier Manzano.

“Normally, Diana the Huntress – the statue of her, that is – poses au naturel in front of the Union Depot building in downtown Pueblo. But on Wednesday, that changed. At least for a few hours. “I don’t think they wanted bare breasts showing,” said Mike Randall, the person in charge of putting a makeshift shift on Diana, goddess of the hunt and the moon. “They said cover her up, so I put her in a toga,” said Randall, who used a large swath of black cloth to cover Diana’s unmentionables and a bunch of black string to keep his creation from blowing away. The enormous flag was added after the toga alone was deemed inadequate to keep Diana out of the picture.”

Diana covered. Photo by Javier Manzano.

A word of advice to politicians, don’t sweat the statues! It just makes you seem prudish and overly concerned with avoiding a potentially embarrassing photo (plus, I would love to get some great shots of politicians standing in front of pagan deities to use for my blog). Also, I can’t imagine it would be good luck to throw a toga and flag on Diana’s statue (she just doesn’t seem the acquiescing type). I’m just sayin’.

PS – Here is a shot of the de-toga-ed statue of Diana.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Berry

    Seriously. Because no one has breasts. It’s pretty pathetic when politicians are so bothered by STATUES that they have to cover them up. I wonder how they feel about seeing women breastfeeding in public?And the part where they covered Diana with a giant flag-so not cool. Is this dude a hunter? I doubt he’ll be bagging his quota this season, if he is.

  • sannion

    Or maybe Biden was just trying to avoid a repeat of Actaion.

  • Jason Pitzl-Waters

    That would put a dent in the campaign, wouldn’t it?

  • Sol

    HA! Actually, I think it looks pretty damn cool silhouetted behind the flag.

  • Adventus Stella

    From my crystal ball (which has been a bit fuzzy of late due to a large crack inside clouding it with fire and brimstone), I predict:If Biden is our next Vice President and if our history in picking truly honest and sincere politicians remains as usual, half-way through his term we will learn of his proclivity to frequent strip clubs where he receives lap dances by topless ladies wearing only thongs.

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with Sol on the picture. Yes, it’s somewhat pathetic that they felt the need to cover it but the way her silouette showed up is rather fantastic.