"Today we are here to protest against homophobia", said Inna Shevchenko Sunday, as she and three other women were escorted out of St. Peter's Square on Sunday for going topless as part of their protest to the Vatican's view on gay marriage. The four topless women had slogans painted on their backs. One bare back was painted with the words, "In Gay We Trust". Another woman's back simply read "Shut Up".
Despite the shocking and irreverent nature of the protest, Pope Benedict XVI seemed unfazed "as he delivered his traditional prayer from his studio window overlooking the piazza".
This, of course, is not the first protest since the pope's controversial comments on December 14, opposing gay marriage. This likely won't be the last such protest, considering what an emotional issue this is.
As reported by Yahoo, this "demonstration coincided" with a massive march in Paris which is expected to include hundreds of thousands of individuals protesting "the French president's plan to legalize gay marriage" and to permit gay couples to adopt children.
According to Reuters, this particular protest seems to have been sparked by editorial remarks from the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, which scrutinized gay adoption and stressed the importance of the traditional family unit.
Obviously, these four women were trying to get attention by stripping down. They may have been successful in gaining publicity for their platform, but the message will inevitably be overshadowed by the offensive way in which it was communicatedÂ—with a lack of respect for the pope and the surroundings.