Mona Lisa Targeted by Climate Change Protester

Photo: AFP/Getty Images [via Forbes]

The Facts

  • A 36-yr-old man was detained on Mon. after he attempted to break the protective glass around the Mona Lisa before smearing cake across it in a stunt reportedly motivated by his concerns over climate change. The painting was not damaged.

  • Videos on social media show him saying in French: "Think of the Earth [...] Artists tell you: think of the Earth. That's why I did this."

The Spin

Right narrative

Activism, especially of this kind, is almost invariably unproductive. This event will only reaffirm the suspicion of many that left-wing radicals are attacking classical culture and sets back the cause of climate activism by years in terms of public support.

Left narrative

Political leaders have spent too long congratulating themselves for watered-down and piecemeal commitments to act on climate change. We no longer have the luxury of time, and anger is the most viable and effective tool against the injustice of this failure. The protest in the Louvre reflects the public outrage we should all feel at climate inaction.

Nerd narrative

There's an 85% chance there will be at least 2˚C degrees of global warming by 2100 according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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