Controversial Former Playboy Model Criticised For Notre-Dame Fire Comments
A Playboy model who was arrested after she posed nude at the Vatican has expressed some pretty controversial views about the tragic incident in Paris last night that saw much of the ancient cathedral of Notre Dame destroyed.
The Belgian model Marisa Papen is no stranger to controversy - as you can probably tell from the first paragraph of this article - but her comments made as the iconic French cathedral burned last night have only served to generate more for her.
As the fire ripped through the cathedral, which is widely considered to be one of the world's most important historical and architectural gems, Papen took to social media to say: "Churches are burning... A new Era is gonna come!!!!"
It goes without saying that her comments haven't been taken well.
Sure, Papen is known for her anti-religious beliefs, but even those who share her disdain and criticism of organised religion have been left shocked by her lack of empathy towards what is effectively just a really important and beloved building.
One commenter wrote: "I'm not a churchgoer Marisa... but your endorsement of destruction of property is unacceptable!!! Besides, not every church individual is responsible for the abuse that you mentioned!!! [sic]"
Another added: "No compassion for architecture and history?"
Papen then replied: "I prefer trees... Nature shall reclaim her belongings..."
Over the years, Marisa has also been in trouble for things like exposing herself at the Hagia Sophia - a revered spot for both Muslims and Christians - in Istanbul and posing at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall.
OK, we get it, she doesn't like religion.
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Speaking to Central European News from a shoot in Iceland, Papen said that she did actually care for the 'architectural art and beauty' of Notre-Dame, but wasn't bothered about a Catholic icon going up in smoke.
She said: "What's built of nature, belongs to nature. So nature shall reclaim.
"For a long time, we have shown no respect for nature. We have depleted the Earth to build something to honour 'God'.
"I wish everyone were as involved with nature as with this Notre-Dame."
Perhaps in way of explanation, she has made claims in the past about her own experiences, and those of her friends, with the Catholic church whilst growing up in Flanders, Belgium.
She added: "I was 12 when a very close friend opened up about what had happened to her when she was about six years old.
"I was disgusted, in tears and at the same time in complete disbelief. I had gone to church with my grandma so many times. I was baptised, I did my Holy Communion, in fact I was part of that whole thing. I couldn't understand why if this was true and people knew about this, the church still had so many followers.
"A few years later my boyfriend told me a similar story about what had happened to him when he was a communicant. The pain I saw in his eyes pierced through my heart."
Featured Image Credit: CEN