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Milan revokes permit for sex-toy Christmas tree

City officials 'hypocrites' says center-right MEP

12 December, 19:42
Milan revokes permit for sex-toy Christmas tree (ANSA) - Milan, December 12 - A sex-toy-decorated Christmas tree has had its permit revoked and will be removed from a Milan street as soon as possible, city authorities said Thursday. "I paid almost 4,000 euros for the permit and my tree cannot be removed before 20 days", said co-owner Norma Rossetti, who set up the tree to promote her online adult toy company.

She has started a petition called "Save the Milan sex-toy tree" in response.

The company chose Milan because it is "the design mecca that pushes young people to be creative. Our products are also design objects", Rossetti added, pointing to a fluorescent-colored dildo hanging on the tree in question.

The center-right opposition criticized city authorities for what it called their "incompetence and hypocrisy".

"They're pro gay marriage and other moral deviations, and now they're acting like bigots over a vibrator and a couple of handcuffs", scoffed Carlo Fidanza, an MEP from the Brothers of Italy (FDI) party.