Posted by: Jim Lillie
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There are ornaments and then there are ornaments.
Certain adornments on a Christmas tree in Milan were evidently considered inappropriate for the holiday season. Officials there recently demanded that the offending baubles be removed from the outdoor "Tree of Pleasure" -- henceforth, forthwith and likely never to be seen on a Milan yuletide decoration ever again. In public, anyway.
The inappropriate ornaments? Red sex toys, supplied by the tree's apparent owner, Norma Rosetti, who went into business this year by starting a sex toy e-commerce site.
According to the Associated Press, Italian authorities stated that the Christmas season amounts to a holiday for children and families, which "requires sobriety in urban decorations." Especially when making use of "traditional symbols that distinguish Christmas."
Rosetti took down the offending objects as soon as she was notified. Even so, she told the AP that most of the people who walked by the tree on the one day the items were in view were supportive.
And she also says that the objects were not but in elegant taste. And that her intent in placing the objects on her tree was to break stereotypes, treating the toys as though they are "completely normal everyday objects."
If that's the case in Milan, it's easier to see why officials thought the objects needed to come down. And at the same time, it's also harder.
After all, Christmas ornaments aren't exactly everyday objects. So technically, by Rosetti's definition, they had no business being on her tree in the first place.
On the other hand, if sex toys are indeed for everyday use in Milan, what does that say that officials would rather keep under wraps?