The nativity scene is probably one of the most sacred amongst people that take Christianity seriously, so it’s no surprise that when it’s depicted in unfavourable circumstances, people are going to get angry about it.
That’s exactly what happened in the Spanish city of Toledo when a guy called Héctor Valdivielso set up a nativity scene depicting Mary, Joseph and Jesus on a set of dildos at his sex store called Non Sit Peccatum. Although it proved popular with passersby at first, it soon began to pick up negative publicity and there were even protests against it outside his store.
Valdivielso explains what happened:
A man with his wife ordered me to remove the offending scene and said that if I didn’t he would remove it himself.
Then the shop sign was vandalised and people started congregating outside the door and delivering sermons.
It was affecting my business. Who wants to come to a store like this to hear a sermon?
I withdrew the dildos and replaced it with a poster asking people to vote on whether it should be reinstated.
78.5 percent of the 988 people who responded voted for it to be displayed.
People asked me not to give in to blackmail. So it’s going back in the window.
Go democracy? In all seriousness, I think it’s pretty great that most people in the town weren’t offended by the display and wanted it to be reinstated, which indicates that they’re a lot more forward thinking than the sexually repressed old farts who bothered turning up to protest about it. Chill out already, yeah.
For more dildos, check out this one from the 18th century that was recently found in an ancient toilet. Primitive to say the least.