Protesters throw soup at Da Vinci39s Mona Lisa in Paris

Protesters throw soup at Da Vinci's Mona Lisa in Paris


Published on January 28, 2024

Updated January 28, 2024, 12:10 p.m. ET

It's enough to wipe the smile off her face.

Two climate activists threw pumpkin soup at the Mona Lisa at Paris' Louvre Museum on Sunday as onlookers gasped, a shocking new video shows.

“What is more important?” the crazy activists shouted in French. “Art or the right to a healthy and sustainable food system?”

The two lunatics are members of the activist group Riposte Alimetaire, or Food Response, which said in a statement that the stunt was intended to highlight the need for environmental protection.

Protesters splashed soup on the glass protecting the Mona Lisa. AP

“Two activists from the environmental movement 'Riposte Alimentaire' sprayed pumpkin soup on the bulletproof glass protecting the Mona Lisa this Sunday, January 28, 2024, at around 10 a.m.,” the museum said in a statement, according to CNN. “The Louvre security personnel immediately intervened.”

Museum officials said they would file a complaint against the activists.

Luckily, Leonardo Da Vinci's legendary 16th-century masterpiece remained intact thanks to the installation of safety glass in front of the famous painting at the museum.

The protesters threw the food product at the masterpiece to draw attention to food instability. AP

It wasn't the first time protesters targeted the Mona Lisa and her iconic smile.

In 2022, a self-proclaimed eco-warrior wearing a wig and lipstick attempted to break through the protective glass and then, in a bizarre incident, threw a cake at the painting.

“Think of the earth,” the man cried. “There are people who are destroying the earth. Think about it, artists tell you, think about the Earth. That’s why I did this.”

This protest is one of many acts of defacing artwork to raise awareness of global issues. AP

In 2009, a woman threw a ceramic mug at the painting, CNN reported.

Da Vinci's masterpiece wasn't the only target of activists – later in 2022, protesters threw Heinz tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh's “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery in London.

The two vandals, Anna Holland and Phoebe Plummer, were arrested.

With post wires

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