Blackfriars Covers Up "Potentially Suggestive" School Statue After Social Media Storm

An Adelaide Catholic school has been forced to cover up a new statue over it’s controversial design gained attention online

An elite Roman Catholic school has covered up a statue it commissioned of a revered saint and a child after complaints that it could be misinterpreted as depicting a lewd act.

A new statue at an Adelaide Catholic school has been covered up and will be remodelled over issues with it being "potentially suggestive".

Instead, by placing the bread at crotch height, de Porres appears to be grasping his exposed genitalia in the presence of a child.

On Wednesday, the school said the design of its new statue looked fine on paper but acknowledged it could be interpreted in a more sinister way.

Blackfriars Priory School replace statue with. So instead, they interviewed local bakers about the statue's unfortunate depiction of bread. The statue shows a religious figure giving a boy a loaf of bread. School officials reviewed concept drawings of the sculpture's design in May and approved it.

The statue is going to be taken down and redesigned, and the principal apologized "for any concerns and publicity generated by this matter and is taking action to substantially alter the statue".

St Martin de Porres lived between 1579 and 1639 and was known for his work with young people in Peru, building an orphanage and children's hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, fasting and abstaining from meat.

Pope John XXIII canonized de Porres in 1962. The son of a Spanish nobleman and a freed slave, he is the patron saint of the mixed race, barbers, public health workers and innkeepers.

Blackfriars Priory School in South Australia unveiled the statue last week, the Advertiser newspaper reported.

"Like who the hell designed, approved and erected it and no one thought about it", one Instagram user commented.

Click the tweet below to see the full image of the statue.

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