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This School Had To Get Rid Of A Statue Of A Saint Because...Just Take A Look

The ~controversy~ got so bad the school had to cover up the statue with a sheet.

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Here is a statue that just got installed at an all-boys school in Adelaide, Australia. Just take a look.

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Oh. Oh my. Why. Who did this???

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The statue, which was placed at Blackfriars Priory School, was meant to be of St. Martin de Porres handing a boy a loaf of bread.

"The sculpture is a famous depiction of the tireless work of St Martin de Porres, a Dominican brother, for the poor and downtrodden of the 16th Century," the school said in a statement.

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You wouldn't think it could get worse, but check it out from this angle. OMFG. This is NSFW.

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Of course this went viral. Is that even a question?

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It was relentless.

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The jokes were biting.

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The ~controversy~ finally forced the school to cover up the statue with a black sheet. Sad!

The current state of affairs at Blackfriars after its unfortunate statue caused controversy. #7News

The school's principal, Simon Cobiac, said in a statement that adminstrators didn't realize the statue looked "potentially suggestive" in 3D until it arrived at the school.

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"The two-dimensional concept plans for the statue were viewed and approved by the executive team in May, but upon arrival, the three-dimensional statue was deemed by the executive to be potentially suggestive," he said.

The school is now commissioning a local artist to redesign it.

"The school apologizes for any concerns and publicity generated by this matter and is taking action to substantially alter the statue," he added.

Anyway, that's that.

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Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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