The protest by a local weather activist who smeared cake on the Mona Lisa’s protecting case divided co-hosts on Tuesday’s version of “The View” – with panelist Sunny Hostin amongst those that argued the stunt achieved its purpose by sparking dialog concerning the surroundings.
Videos circulating on social media confirmed a person disguised in a wig and carrying lipstick leaping out of a wheelchair on the Louvre in Paris on Sunday. Reports stated the person initially tried to smash the bulletproof case.
“I think they work. We’re talking about it,” Hostin stated. “I think climate change is something that we ignore so much, not only in this country but around the world. Obviously we’re talking about this issue.”
But “View” guest-host Tara Setmayer slammed the protest as “asinine” and stated the person had failed to realize his purpose.
“We’re talking about the fact that he smeared, he defaced the Mona Lisa. I mean, it’s bulletproof protected, but…it’s a priceless work of art,” Setmayer stated.
“We’re talking about that as opposed to what the issue is that he’s actually protesting. So I think stunts like that don’t work at all,” she added.
Co-host Joy Behar joined Hostin in claiming the stunt sparked dialogue about local weather change, noting the person “didn’t ruin” or “touch the Mona Lisa.”
Fellow host Whoopi Goldberg disagreed, mentioning that the vandalism, no matter its intention, had put the Sixteenth-century masterwork in danger.
“It’s somebody else’s art and how dare you try to destroy somebody else’s art?” Goldberg stated.
Hostin remained agency in her protection.
“I don’t think it can be destroyed, because again, it’s in this bulletproof thing and he threw some whipped cream at it,” Hostin retorted.
Goldberg responded: “Listen, I totally get protests. I dig it. I don’t think it’s OK to destroy somebody else’s art in order to make your point.”
The protester was shortly wrestled to the bottom by safety on the French museum. Officials on the Louvre stated the Mona Lisa wasn’t broken.
“Think of the Earth,” the disguise-clad protester stated after being apprehended by safety.
“There are people who are destroying the Earth. Think about it. Artists tell you: think of the Earth. That’s why I did this,” he added.