What Is This Enormous Butt Plug Doing In The Middle Of Paris?

Travel to Paris and you can experience Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Rodin’s Thinker, and Alexandros’ Venus de Milo.

Oh, and this giant inflatable butt plug:


In Place Vendome, one of Paris’ gorgeous and historic squares, artist Paul McCarthy has erected a 24-foot sculpture he calls Tree.

And, OK, it does kind of look like a stylized Christmas tree. But you know what it looks even more like? A butt plug. Why? Because it’s a butt plug:


It’s part of FIAC, the city’s annual art fair, and will remain up the rest of the month.

It’s virtually impossible to believe the artist was going for anything other than a mega-sized sex toy given his past work, which includes this giant inflatable dump in Hong Kong called Complex Pile:

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And even more telling, this sculpture called Santa Claus in Rotterdam that locals call “Butt Plug Gnome,” because he is clearly holding a giant penetration device:

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One antigay group, Printemps Francais, is up tight about the Parisian plug, having recently Tweeted: “This is where your tax dollars are going!”

And you know if you’re up tight about a butt plug, you’ll never be able to ease into enjoying it.

h/t Gawker