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Greece. Gay sex scene shot on Acropolis in Athens causes uproar

The filming of a gay sex scene on the Acropolis of Athens causes an uproar in Greece. The Greek Ministry of Culture announced on Tuesday “wanting to find those responsible for this illegal filming as quickly as possible”.

“An administrative investigation which could last some time was opened on Friday”, reported the ministry, after the broadcast on the internet of a sexual intercourse between two masked men, shot on the sacred rock of the Acropolis, emblematic monument of the Greek antiquity and the most visited site in Greece.

“The archaeological site of the Acropolis does not lend itself to activism or any other action that offends or disrespects the monument,” according to a ministry statement released on Friday.

“A political act”

The Parthenon symbolizes “nationalism, the cult of Antiquity, the patriarchy”, explain the anonymous directors of the offending short film. In their presentation of the film, they describe as a “political act” this erotic scene between two men in this place. The film titled “Departhenon” was first shown to a small audience on December 16 at the University of Thessaloniki without causing any reaction. But on Friday the independent 36-minute short film was broadcast freely on the internet, causing an uproar in Greece.

“As a Greek I am ashamed,” Greek Actors Association president Spyros Bibilas told ANT1 television station. “You can’t do anything and everything in the name of activism,” he added.

The Union of Museum and Site Guardians also made a point of emphasizing on Tuesday “its great indignation and its shame at these images of an infamous film”.

Fearing to be accused of not having properly monitored the Acropolis site, the union insisted that “there are still problems with the staff of museums and archaeological sites, this is due to the fact that the ministry of Finance hardly ever approves the hiring of guards ”.

The University of Thessaloniki, which allowed the film to be broadcast and did not inform the Ministry of Culture of its content, risks being pinned down by the ongoing investigation, but did not wish to react to the controversy .

Reference-www.leprogres.fr

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