Attacker of Nude Painting Says She’ll Kill You

Written by Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey. Posted in Lifestyle

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Published on April 13, 2011 with 1 Comment

Gaugin's Two Tahitian WomenWorld, meet Susan Burns. She’s the woman who allegedly tried to destroy a century-old Gauguin painting, Two Tahitian Women, at the Smithsonian’s National Gallery earlier this month. (“Allegedly” because that’s the way the law works, not because there’s any doubt or lack of evidence that she did it.) As expected, she was offended by the exposed breasts in the painting, calling it “very homosexual.” Less expected, however, was the revelation that Burns had been a top assistant and aide to the former director at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a congressionally-supported nonprofit institute.

At the time of her arrest, Susan Burns also told the police that she believed Gauguin was evil and his use of nudity bad for children, concluding: “I think [the painting] should be burned. I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.” Criminal charges have been filed.

About Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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  1. She has to find me before she can kill me! The RF wave emitter in my head scrambles radios, so I’m safe.