A hapless mayor has apologised for covering his Belgian town in 90 huge penis-shaped Christmas lights.
Anthony Dumarey admitted he didn’t know the bright white column lights with bulbous blue tips looked like phalluses “until they were switched on”, The Sun reports.
The red-faced bureaucrat quickly tried to pass the blame for the display on council staff, who had been instructed to not overspend on the lights as part of cost-cutting efforts.
All 90 X-rated decorations were revealed during switch-ons in the municipality of Oudenburg in the Belgian province of West Flanders, and several local boroughs.
“The first time I saw them during the day, I didn’t pay any attention to them,” Mr Dumarey said.
“[But] once they were illuminated, I noticed immediately.
“Let’s just say that we will have the country’s most talked-about Christmas lights this year.”
The Mayor noted there has been a lot of reaction, “but of course we did not intentionally set out to make them this way”.
“Our technical department designed them,” he said.
“If we had bought them, it would have cost us around three times as much.
“So we chose the city’s colours and put a blue tip on top because we thought a [candle] flame was cliché.”
It wasn’t long before residents realised the new festive decor looked more like male genitalia than anything to do with Christmas.
“Of course, it was not our intention to install Christmas lights that remind people of a penis,” the mayor joked.
“But we do see the lighter side of the incident.
“I see the funny side of it myself. We really have to do that in these dark and difficult times.”
Despite their notoriety, the Mayor said: “I see no reason to remove or replace them.”
He’s not the only official left embarrassed by X-rated objects.
Penis-shaped statues of leaping fish were torn down in Morocco after furious locals said they were “pornographic”.
The statue of two fish leaping into the air on a roundabout in Mehdia, Morocco was demolished after horrifying locals in September.
And a few years ago we reported holiday-makers sharing photos of penis-shaped pools they’ve spotted in hotels.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission