Body Exhibit Causes Controversy In France
The Body Worlds exhibits may be popular in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world but a similar exhibit has run into trouble in Paris. An exhibition on the human body called "Our Body" in Paris has been ordered to be shut down after a judge ruled that it is disrespectful of the dead. Two French human rights groups had filed a lawsuit with various complaints including the fact that the bodies were not displayed behind protective glass. There is also a concern about where the bodies were obtained. Organizers of similar exhibitions have been accused of using the cadavers of Chinese prisoners.
Judge Louis-Marie Raingeard has given Encore Productions, the exhibition's organizer, 24 hours to shut down the show which had been open since February and was scheduled to run through May 10. He also threatened a €20,000 fine for each additional day that the exhibit stays open. The exhibit has already been shown in Lyon and Marseille and the Paris exhibition had sold 200,000 tickets by the start of April.