Naked GNOME is ordered to cover up: Topless statue deemed too rude

Naughty naked GNOME is ordered to cover up: Topless statue ‘Betty’ is deemed too rude by Belgian town’s authorities

  • Louis Wils, 85, was told his scarcely-clad garden ornament was causing offence
  • ‘Betty’ currently stands pride of place in his front garden in Turnhout, Antwerp
  • Security officials have said that he must either dress the gnome or remove it

Authorities in Belgium have ordered that a topless gnome called ‘Betty’ be covered up after being deemed too rude to be on display.  

Louis Wils, 85, was informed by security officials in his town of Turnhout, Antwerp, that his scarcely-clad garden ornament was causing offence.

He was told to either dress the gnome or remove it but he is refusing to comply with the officials’ request. 

Authorities in Belgium have ordered that a topless gnome called ‘Betty’ (pictured) be covered up after being deemed too rude to be on display

Betty, who was given to Louis as a gift from a neighbour, currently stands pride of place in his front garden alongside two other statues.

But officials who patrolled the area last week said that Betty could no longer stay as it could ‘upset children passing by’. 

Louis told VRT News: ‘I can’t get my head around it. The city authorities have time on their hands to make remarks about my gnome. 

Louis Wils, 85, (pictured) was told to either dress the gnome or remove it – but he is refusing to comply with the officials’ request

Betty, who was given to Louis as a gift from a neighbour, currently stands pride of place in his front garden alongside two other statues

‘They have threatened me with legal action. Dress Betty? The gnome isn’t made for that!’

The garden centre that supplied the gnome told the publication that it too was surprised at the request to remove it. 

‘It’s the very first time we hear anything like this! Betty and [its counterpart] Raf the Gnome are among our best-sellers! We sell at least two a day!’

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