Parisians rush to buy anal plugs in the wake of Paul McCarthy’s “Tree”, which spawned PlugGate
When a giant inflatable work of art resembling a sex toy was erected on Place Vendôme in Paris, it was punctured by locals and its artist was assaulted.
And that, as they say, that was it.
But the huge green object has had an unexpected impact on the French capital: anal plugs are flying off the shelves.
According to the Local, the controversial piece of art piqued the sexual curiosity of city residents, with Parisians – men and women – rushing to the nearest sex shop to get their hands on the toy.
“We used to sell around 50 a month,” Richard Fhal, of Editions Concorde sex toy wholesaler, told The Local.
“Since the controversy, we have moved over 1,000 of them.”
Mr Fhal says his customers for butt plugs have been almost exclusively gay men, but in recent weeks an equal mix of straight men and women have taken hold of the products, which sell for between $ 20 and $ 40.
And the wholesaler of sex toys believes that Parisians had not previously considered the possibilities of the anal plug until the controversial artwork attracted media attention to the sex toy.
L’Express magazine even published an article last month detailing, at length, how to use the anal plug and the dizzying array of materials in which it can be purchased.