Officials with the Palace Museum have finally spoken up after a series of photos showing a naked female posing in the Forbidden City caused an online commotion.
A spokesperson issued a public statement saying that the museum initially didn’t address the issue because it didn’t want to “hype up” the situation and draw attention to the images.
The museum went on to say that it condemns such behavior at the former Chinese emperor’s palace, according to Shanghai Daily, adding that staff were not aware that these photos were taken, nor did they give permission to the photographer.
“The Palace Museum is a world cultural heritage site … which accepts tens of millions of visitors every year,” it said.
“Such photos breach the public order and moral boundaries, and damage the cultural atmosphere.”
Surveillance footage shows photographer Wang Dong and his crew running into the palace before everyone else (who were, at the time, fully clothed). Around 20 minutes later, security guards spotted them taking the raunchy photos and asked them to stop.
In response to the backlash, Wang has announced that he will delete his Weibo account and once again reminded netizens that his photos are works of art and that he had no intentions of ruining cultural relics.
The images can be found on his Tumblr page, which is still up and running.
By Sharon Choi