John Schembri, mayor of a town in Malta, called for the removal of a “phallic” sculpture from the Luqa roundabout, near the airport, before Pope Benedict XVI visits. On facebook Raphael Vassallo setup the group “Save The Zobb Monument” to counter this demand. There are over 5,000 fans. Raphael writes “Look: I don’t like having a massive erect penis slap bang outside our airport either… but everybody accepted it until the Pope decided to pay us a visit. Now, we are suddenly embarrassed of something most of us took for granted for years. Enough of this hypocritical bullshit. If it’s good enough for the LIDL roundabout then it’s good enough for Pope Benedict XVI.”. He has also reported that USA Today stated “The Pope is human like everyone else. He can handle it as well as any other observer….”
The monument is staying put.