Nude Statue Of David Causes Controversy

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago

A statue is causing a stir in one Texas neighborhood. Is the owner right to keep in his yard or should he remove it ?
There are 93 comments:
Male 694
Bahaha! the `play` button blocks it.
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Male 229
Why can parents never have one drating `difficult` conversation with their kids?!
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Male 2,384
OHHH MY GOD A PENIS!!!!! ITS THE END OF DAYS!!!!!
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Male 562
@ SvampeBob: Yeah, art and literature is not our strong point. The thing that makes us awesome also makes us suck. U... S... A..., U... S... A..., U... S... A..., U... S... A..., everybody now, U... S... A... you to Euros U... S... A..., U... S... A...,
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Male 562
@ zombunny: Thought the same thing.
If thats how you think the next kid asking you that will be your grandchild. It beats yard gnomes.
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Male 633
@TokenBabe, don`t judge Texas as a whole based on a few... less than intelligent people.
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Female 2,525
What do you tell a child if you haven`t talked about sex yet? YOU TELL THEM IT`S A dratING PENIS. It`s just a freaking body part. You don`t need to talk about sex. Just say, "it`s a penis" and move on. Jesus Christ.
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Male 3,076
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Male 3,076
let me guess... this is in the USA
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Male 22
"What do you tell your child if you haven`t talked to them about sex yet?"

You either tell them the truth or make something up, you goddamn idiot. YOU talk to your stupid child.
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Male 1
Gerry1of1: "The Vatican statement ended with a message of hope from the Pope who encouraged observers and non-observers alike to have a “Happy April Fools Day!”
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Male 37,906

TokenBabe - [quote">"If the original statue has been around for more than 500 YEARS and has not offended anyone" [/quote">
I agree with the sentiment, but not historically correct.

DAVID`s peepee has always been a controvercy. Pope Innocent X (1644-1655) started the original fig-leaf campaign. Popes since have used the fig leaf or removed it, depending.

Currenlty, Pope Benedict XVI stopped short of calling for any part of Michelangelo’s David to be removed, but insisted that the statue must be fitted with a removable fig leaf to cloth the nude masterpiece. The Pope has called upon the Italian government to protect the innocence of visitors to Florence’s Accademia Gallery by covering David’s nakedness.

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Male 1,360
my little 3 year old knows what`s a penis,
It`s basic anatomy, man I hate this kind of fake prudeness.Fuucking retards.
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Male 17,512
I`m a conservative and gotta say these women are cowardly prudes.

However, I hope this person does take into consideration the adverse attention this statue is getting before some idiot vandalizes it, thus getting even more TV airtime.
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Male 325
It`s a penis.. This is whats wrong with America.. We can have VIOLENCE DRUGS all over the TV, but show a little human Anatomy, not even in a sexual way, and people go stupid... F*CK
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Male 1,311
I love how they`re bitching about the art showing a little peen, while the daughter at 1:21 is clearly going for some boob action.
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Female 533
If the original statue has been around for more than 500 YEARS and has not offended anyone then these hillbillies need to get over themselves. Ugh. One more strike against Texas.
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Female 446
Oh..lordy..lordy...lordy! Wait till they get to their 3rd child. Instead of all this hype and not knowing how to deal with this and their kids, it`ll be like : *It`s a penis kid, boys pee through it, now, go finish your kool-aid honey.* Yep, i`ve raised and still raising 3 great boys. They did not die of seeing penis...lolll
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Male 369
Seriously! People need to get over it. Parents need to act like it is not a big deal and that genitals dont automaticly mean sex and then the kids wont think its a big deal. Its really not but then again i live in a sexually open family. Hey it works and im not scarred.
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Male 36,542
WHAT! They haven`t even ASKED the owners yet? What abject cowards!

Tell your child it`s a PENIS you stupid VAGINA! Even my kids at work know the proper words for their body parts. Cheezus!

That said, I think it belongs in the BACK yard. I love how the video`s "play button" was right over the offending member!! LMAO!
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Male 13
Why does a penis have to be related to sex?
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Male 377
oh I`d like to smack the poo out of ther smart ass teenager... dumb mean person.
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Female 1,145
This is sooo funny!!!! These women act so offended by it, however they sure dont mind henning up and standing in the street gawking at it LOLOLOL!!!!

COME ON FOLKS!!! ITS JUST A CONCRETE TALLY WACKER LOL!!! hehehe this tickles me... I guess the owners could always put a towel around the bottom half, or even put a loin cloth on or somthng LOL, just to make it convenient for these women, so they dont have to explain the birds and the bees to their little kiddies a couple of years too early LOL
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Male 377
Hey dumb bitch.. tell your child it`s a penis. You don`t have to tell them it`s for f*cking. GEEZUZ! Get over yourself and go back to your house and look at your black velvet geebus poster.
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Male 139
drat
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Male 423
Sexuality is one the most fun, important and natural aspect of human life. Existence without sex has no meaning because it`s the very reason we`re all here...These people try to hide it away from their kids because they are religious zealots, batpoo insane...People who shun sex should not be called ``people`,
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Male 718
Negros dont care for plaster penis` but they dont mind all dat booty shakin on tv? hypocrite!
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Female 582
Hey kid. Boys have winkies where they go pee-pee. Girls have who-whos where babies come out of the mommy`s tummy. We don`t touch each other there because it`s icky.

There, I just explained genitalia with no mention of sex or sexual morality. Common sense 1. Stupid conservative mothers 0.
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Male 2,422
Somehow I get the feeling that those women don`t talk to their children about anything.
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Female 535
Americans are so ignorant when it comes to art.
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Female 535
A penis doesn`t have to start a conversation about sex.
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Male 385
Yea! WHAT IS THIS NOW?!? WE ARE GOING TO LET ART BE SHOWN FREELY?? /sigh.

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...
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Male 12,365
[quote]My 17 month old son knows what his penis is, and knows that papa has one, and mama doesn`t. Its actually a lot easier to explain what body parts are when they are younger.[/quote]

It`s better parenting too, as long as you tailor it for their age. Tell kids before they hear all sorts of ill-informed crap and they`ll just take it as normal. It`s just another of the billion and one questions children have about everything. Also, it`ll save them wondering if they`re normal.

Too many people mistake ignorance for innocence. Innocence is fine for kids. Ignorance is dangerous for everyone.
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Male 37,906

"mommy, what`s that"
"Thats just where the tacky queens live, dear"
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Female 1,589
Why is it so hard for parents to talk to their kids about body parts? You don`t have to have the sex talk, just let them know the difference of a boy and girl.
As a kid I would probably point a giggle. It wouldn`t scar me for life.
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Male 528
mom what`s that?
well son you haven`t seen yours yet? HA
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Male 1,540
"What is that?"

That`s the statue of a naked man, son.

Also, it`s not like they don`t see the same exact thing in their national geographic magazines in school.
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Female 803
Fcking uneducated Texans. Those kids looked old enough to know their anatomy. I mean, there are PLENTY of children`s books that explain the differences between boys and girls, there`s NO reason kids shouldn`t know body parts.
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Male 875
"drating ridiculous humans. Kill them all."

finally found someone else with the same hatred of the human race as I
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Male 195
That is not art, that is a crappy replica of the David... now
this on the other hand is art...
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Male 2,796
drating ridiculous humans. Kill them all. Worthless all.
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Female 19
It`s these kind of people who end up with pregnant preteens on their hands because they`re too afraid to help their children understand their bodies. They`re not protecting their children, they`re protecting themselves from being uncomfortable. To a child, nakedness is natural...I`m the kids thought nothing of it.
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Male 352
@inversegray. It`s in Florence, but yes you get the idea.
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Male 64
like Louis CK said about gay marriage, Just talk to your ugly kid for 5 minutes and explain that it`s a dick...dick
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Female 737
My 17 month old son knows what his penis is, and knows that papa has one, and mama doesn`t. Its actually a lot easier to explain what body parts are when they are younger. People just like to complain. If it wasn`t a statue, it would have been his lawn. Not his lawn, maybe he left his newspapers out too long. I can`t stand neighbors like those people.
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Female 1,324
That`s sad. It`s art. Crappy copy-cat art, but it`s still art. Honestly it should just be easier to explain to them what it is. As a kid I walked into the bathroom when my dad was in the tub since we didn`t have a lock and I`m not emotionally damaged because of it... I never even asked questions. If I did I got a simple answer and was satisfied with it.
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Male 132
Its human drating anatomy people...grow the drat up. The statue is also a recreation of a priceless work of art. I guess we should go through all the museums and old cathedrals and censor every drating nipple and whatnot? Like the Christians did way back when? Once again, grow the drat up.
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Male 770
I am not up on my artworks - Is that a replica of the one in Rome carved by Michaelangelo?
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Male 379
"What am I supposed to tell my kids that is?"
Hmm. I don`t know. Good question. How about you try telling them, "It`s a statue of a nude man and that`s his penis."
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Male 132
Lol black people.
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Male 156
What should we say to our kids?

How about: That`s a penis.... Or perhaps: [sarcasm]That`s a naked statue... you know naked, the thing that`s utterly shameful and must NEVER under ANY circumstances be achieved! YOU HEAR ME!? NEVER! FOR SHAME! [/sarcasm]

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Bloody uptight..*insert standard rant here*
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Male 71
i dont see why u hafta teach ur kids about sex to explain to them what the statue is.. its not like hes bangin a chick its just a guy
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Male 182
take the statue down cause sad pathetic parents would rather ignore their children and avoid talking to them about sex then later on complain when they catch their kids having sex in high school.
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Male 2,841
How long until we can all grow the drat up?
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Male 266
oh texas, you depress me a little more each day
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Male 2,345
oh and I am American.
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Male 2,345
yes people the human body is a terrible thing and so is art...it should all be banned!


pretty much the mentality of most Americans.
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Male 3,314
"mom what is that? `its a penis dear, only boys have them, that`s what they pee with. when your older ill tell you what else they are for but for now you don`t need to know.` that`s what you tell them. idiots."

You almost got it right, but you should have stopped after "that`s what they pee with." If they aren`t old enough to know what else it`s used for, then I don`t tell them there is another use for it.
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Female 2,927
mom what is that? "its a penis dear, only boys have them, that`s what they pee with. when your older ill tell you what else they are for but for now you don`t need to know." that`s what you tell them. idiots.
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Female 728
Alright, it`s pretty tacky to have that in your yard, but it`s just nudity. If you`ve got a little boy, you don`t really even need to explain the statue to him because he`s already got the same parts and, if you have a little girl, it won`t kill you or her to tell her that boys have different parts from girls. If you`ve got children of both genders, they`ve probably already seen it, anyway.
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Male 2,855
bad taste should be illegal
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Male 30
"They got the Discovery Channel, don`t they?"
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Female 119
OH goodness.. I`m guessing they NEVER take thier kids to a musem.. and most of those kids have probably seen worse on TV when mom was not looking.
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Male 247
So, you don`t want to talk to your kids about sex? Tough. That`s no real reason to take it down. Talk to your damn kids about sex...
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Male 2,868
The statue is offensive. Not because of the penis, but because it`s an extremely poor replica.
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Female 7,838
Not only is it a perfectly normal penis, as in a flaccid one- it is a very small penis. How could anyone find this offensive? Surely this is fine- your child must know what a penis looks like- and if not WHY NOT!!!
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Male 25,416
Its art not porn
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Male 1,178
what does sex have to do with being nude? You have a child and they don`t know what a dick is? Tell them it`s for pissing with.
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Male 280
They will fight for your right to bear guns, but will protest against the right to show penis. Weird way of compensating America!

Seriously, when your child doesn`t know what a pee-pee and a choo-choo is with the age of 4, there is something wrong with its education.
On behalf of the neighbour: Douchy behaviour, even if it`s your right to do it, keep peace in your neighbourhood. Especially if it`s about a pooty replica of a piece of art you bought for 10$.
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Male 1,931
"Fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. Soon we’ll be marching backward to the 16th century, where bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind. Hooligans of the world, unite! You have nothing to burn but your intellectuals. You’ll be setting man against man, creed against creed, ad nauseum."

This is art. If you take away a persons right to do what they will on their own property, you take away all basic freedoms. Be there one man, woman or child oppressed, we all will be.
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Male 3,894
Look. We know about the difference between genders long before the sex talk.

Hell, I knew about sex long before the sex talk. My mom took me aside and started trying to give me the talk, and I said "no, it`s ok mom--I already know all about it." awkwardness avoided.

We`re way too protective of our kids in the US... so protective that we assume they`re more innocent than they actually are.
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Male 591
I`d love to see their reactions to this house in the Hancock Park (yup, really!) section of Los Angeles. The name of the house is Youngwood Court.

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Female 843
While I don`t really understand why he has it outside (I`ve never really seen anyone put art on their lawn like that), those neighbors really do need to get over themselves. Their kids are going to find out about genitalia sooner or later. If you`re not prepared to answer your child`s questions about personal things like that, you`re not going to be a very helpful parent. People today just expect the schools to teach their kids everything at the "appropriate age".
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Male 802
Mom whats that?

It`s a really shoddy replica of actual art.
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Male 559
"What can you tell you child if you haven`t talked about sex yet?"

I can`t decide if she`s manufacturing disgust, or if she TRULY doesn`t realize that most kids learn gender differences years before any conversation about sex.
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Female 455
Util beat me to it. This is so incredibly stupid. That woman who mentioned sex pretty much summarised the problem. Not all nudity has to be sexualised. David isn`t humping anyone, so I don`t really see what the problem is. People need to get a grip. Their kids aren`t going to be scarred for life because they saw a statue with a penis.
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Male 3,057
Wow... These neighbors need something better to do with their time.

There are replicas of Michelangelo`s David in public spaces all over the world, including this example from Delaware Park in my hometown of Buffalo, NY:



Counting the base, it`s nearly 15 feet tall (5 metres for you Euros). It`s visible from not just the park itself, but also a four-lane highway that rins along the park`s northern edge. It`s been on open public view for 110 YEARS.

Those neighbors really need to get a clue. The woman who implied that her SON had never seen a penis made me laugh.
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Female 2,764
"what can you tell them (the children) if you haven`t talked to them about sex yet?"

really??? How about "That`s a penis like you have" or for a girl "like daddy has" end of story...

WHY can`t parents talk to their kids?!?!?!?
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Female 4,039
Don`t even need to see it - everyone`s offended by everything. Grass, no grass, clotheslines, plastic lawn animals, naked statutes - these neighbors need a hobby.
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Male 37,906

Oh My God!

It`s a penis! How will we undo the damage done to our children!

What`s next, dogs licking boners in pubic!?

Oh the shame!

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Male 7,585
children old enough to notice it are old enough to talk about sex. children not old enough to be ready to talk about sex probably wont even notice it.
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Male 136
Next week we learn that it was actually Improv Everywhere re-enacting that classic Simpsons episode.

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Male 3,745
imagine when they find out their children are stashing porn...
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Male 880
OMG, a penis... How dare anyone show a penis? Considering over 50% of the world has one, and its a beautiful piece of art, they need to get over themselves.
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Male 4,746
All I get is an "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable" error.
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Male 1,629
it`s lollipop terrace btw.
and learn to talk to your kids. if the kid is old enough to wonder what a penis is they are old enough to start learning about the human body, and anything else for that matter! our kids dont have to be repressed and ignorant like you do. drating texas
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Male 17,512
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Male 914
My god, the sense of entitlement makes me sick to my stomach. These neighbors need to grow up.
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Male 734
It doesn`t want to upload for me. Boo-whoo.
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Female 177
Oh god, who the drat cares
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Male 101
i wonder how long it will be until i`m forced to chop off my wang because the fact i have one offends someone.
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Male 35
That street is clearly labeled "Lollipop Trail" not "Lollipop Lane".
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Female 8,044
Link: Nude Statue Of David Causes Controversy [Rate Link] - A statue is causing a stir in one Texas neighborhood. Is the owner right to keep in his yard or should he remove it ?
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