A young woman had to put on a jacket to enter the Musée d’Orsay and hide her cleavage, deemed indecent.
The Musée d’Orsay apologized to a young woman who had been refused entry by agents because of her cleavage. The visitor had to put on a jacket to access the museum.
“We have learned of an incident that occurred with a visitor when she entered the Musée d’Orsay. We deeply regret it and apologize to the person concerned that we are contacting,” the museum posted on its Twitter account.
This press release follows the long message from the young woman in question, also posted on Twitter, and recounting her mishap, which occurred on Tuesday, September 8. “Arrived at the museum, I do not have time to take out my ticket, the sight of my breasts and of my stripped-down appearance shocks an officer in charge of controlling reservations,” recalls the young woman. The agents invoke “the rules” of the museum to deny him access.
“They sexualized me”
However, the museum’s regulations indicate that “access to the museum is prohibited for visitors wearing clothing likely to disturb public tranquility”, as spotted Release.
After an exchange tinged with incomprehension – “I ask what is happening, no one answers me, they stare at my breasts, I feel excruciatingly embarrassed” – the visitor ends up putting on a jacket to hide her cleavage from view and access the museum. She concludes:
“I wonder if the agents who wanted to ban me from entering know to what extent they have sexualized me, obey sexist dynamics, and if the evening when they come home, they feel they have been in their right not to respect mine. I question the consistency with which representatives of a national museum can deny access to knowledge and culture on the basis of an arbitrary judgment which determines whether the appearance of others is decent.
His message, published this Wednesday, caused a stir on Twitter and was relayed more than 10,000 times. The Musée d’Orsay then issued a press release expressing its regret again and indicating that it had “immediately contacted this young woman in order to apologize to her”. “A reminder of the reception rules has been sent to the service provider placed at the museum entrances,” the press release concludes.