The number of signatures on the bizarre online petition calling on one of the richest people in the world, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, to buy and consume Leonardo da Vinci’s magnificent Mona Lisa, is close to fifteen thousand. At the time of writing, there are 11,365 signatories to the initiative launched earlier this year, and reaching the aforementioned 15,000 mark means Change.org, which hosts the petition, could be among the highlights.
The initiator is a Maryland musician, Ken Powell.
Nobody ate the Mona Lisa and we feel we need Jeff Bezos to take action to make it happen
– In the description of the petition.
This is the most important petition of the modern era. Jeff Bezos must eat the Mona Lisa to save the world
Said one of the supporters, Abisek Randji from Kathmandu, Nepal.
Incidentally, the idea of selling the Mona Lisa came up last year by the head of the French technology company, Stephane Destinguin, who was going to sell the piece for fifty billion euros to reduce the French public debt. The painting is owned by the French state and, according to a 2018 survey, makes $42 million annually, with nine out of ten visitors coming just for the Mona Lisa. At the Louvre.
By the way, Bezos is especially popular among Change.org petitioners. Right now, one of the most popular signature collections is about preventing the billionaire from returning to Earth after his next space flight. With nearly forty thousand signatures at closing time.
A similar but less successful petition has been filed since May of last year, seeking to get Bernie Sanders to eat Jeff Bezost.
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