The National Museum of Poland recently decided to remove two photographs from its displayed collection due to their obscene nature. The photos were deemed "too scandalous" for public display.
What did they show? A woman eating a banana.
Poland museum bans 'obscene' banana artwork, drawing ridicule https://t.co/FHzyfSeADG— Sky News (@Sky News)1556539029.0
Of course, people all over Poland found the ban absolutely ridiculous, and decided to protest by posting photos of themselves eating bananas.
Banana crazy! Polish protesters picture themselves eating bananas after country’s national gallery censors video by… https://t.co/IiuWGkKmjh— Daily Mail Online (@Daily Mail Online)1556542017.0
Polish celebrities have been posting #BananaSelfies in response to the National Museum's decision to remove an artw… https://t.co/zkxWza5ARW— Notes from Poland 🇵🇱 (@Notes from Poland 🇵🇱)1556531842.0
#BananaSelfies from all over Poland flooded Twitter, quickly turning the entire issue into #BananaGate.
Meantime in Poland. Apperantly women eating bananas are deemed indecent and banned from the @Muzeum_Narodowe Ladie… https://t.co/kcAedlcDr0— Teresa Buczkowska (@Teresa Buczkowska)1556524419.0
#BananowyProtest #BananaGate #MożeMniePanCmoknąćWBanana #Fiufiu https://t.co/YkLBCJJ7Lr— zofia roszczyk (@zofia roszczyk)1556536820.0
Wybitni sportowcy również popierają tę wspaniałą akcję! #Bananaselfie #BananaGate #BananowyProtest #Lewandowski… https://t.co/f3rEpKZn8n— Krystek Rembieliński (@Krystek Rembieliński)1556544028.0
Everywhere Polish people looked, they saw pictures of people with bananas.
Ze specjalną dedykacją dla .@Muzeum_Narodowe i .@PiotrGlinski, premiera z tableta. #BananaGate #BananowyProtest… https://t.co/ldKUKewFH8— AleksanderTwardowski (@AleksanderTwardowski)1556386113.0
#BananaSelfies Oh! Have A Banana 🍌 Xx https://t.co/bjP1hrQHvZ— ꜱᴄᴀʀʟᴇᴛᴛ ꜰᴏx (@ꜱᴄᴀʀʟᴇᴛᴛ ꜰᴏx)1556555236.0
@SilverAgatka here is my 🍌#Selfie #BananaSelfies https://t.co/1oNykVIp2z— Celia Jiménez (@Celia Jiménez)1556555037.0
Many people made jokes about the protest...
You too you can eat bananas and protest against removal of Consumption art video by Natalia LL (1973) from Warsaw m… https://t.co/CkfBrfYPOu— Maxime Forest (@Maxime Forest)1556604635.0
But, ultimately, the real reason for people's selfies was the needless censorship of art and harmful hyper-sexualization of women.
#BananaGate making me want a banana while being inspired to protect artists! https://t.co/99MT3UlBkZ— Jewel Eliza💎 (@Jewel Eliza💎)1556577125.0
Just the silliest thing #BananaGate https://t.co/1aXMGKDTJ0 via @MetroUK— Alex Hickson (@Alex Hickson)1556627514.0
It’s just a woman eating a banana. Why must some people sexualize women doing normal regular things? Society has go… https://t.co/RtsnUiX5Wc— Gabby "ocelot" Palomo (@Gabby "ocelot" Palomo)1556588125.0
No matter where #BananaGate started, it couldn't be stopped.
Strong start to @1Xtra #OldSkool selection... Got me so happy!!! #bananaselfies http://t.co/bqScvSMqzo— MR B (@MR B)1400227462.0
#wereallmonkeys #bananaselfies and the consequences. http://t.co/krz7eAobg9— Micky Beisenherz (@Micky Beisenherz)1399456908.0
@notesfrompoland #BananaSelfies here’s mine! https://t.co/Z9I6GmlMXO— Bella JS (@Bella JS)1556606847.0
Finally, after way more banana selfies than anyone ever suspected, the National Museum announced it would be reversing its decision.
The re-installation of the two banana photos is sure to bring comfort to the hundreds of Polish people who are now filled to the brim with potassium.
Public pressure has led the National Museum director to return the two censored installations to be displayed along… https://t.co/2gPrPRa41x— Ola McLees (@Ola McLees)1556537542.0
When people work together with bananas, we can truly accomplish great things!